Avatar: The Last Airbender was a once-in-a-generation animated series that ran from 2005-2008 on Nickelodeon. The visuals combined anime with American cartoons and relied on imagery of primarily Chinese culture, mixed with some other East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, New World, Siberian, and even Arctic visuals and influences. On Tuesday, Netflix released the first look at the Fire Nation royal family for it’s live-action adaptation.
In the photos, you have Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as General Iroh, Ken Leung as Commander Zhao, and Elizabeth Yu as Princess Azula. Plus a new image of Ken Leung as Commander Zhao. Kim had originally voiced General Fong for the animated series.
They will join Gordon Cormier, Kiawentiio Tarbell, and Ian Ousley as Aang, Katara, and Sokka, respectively. Even more casting includes Yvonne Chapman, Casey Camp-Horinek, and Tamlyn Tomita respectively as Suki, Kyoshi, Kanna, and Yukari, the latter an original character for the show.
There was a live-action movie by M. Night Shyamalan that was panned among critics and fans of the show over a decade ago. So when the announcement came that Netflix was making a live-action series, it’s understandable the level of trepidation was as high as a sky bison could fly.
While Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko both revealed on their social media that they had departed the show due to creative differences in 2020, Albert Kim (Leverage, Sleepy Hollow) was brought on as the showrunner.
The eight-episode first season is scheduled to hit Netflix sometime in 2024.
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