The Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series at Netflix has finally found its stars!
On Thursday (August 12), Netflix revealed that it has officially found its core for stars for the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series.
Actors Gordon Cormier, Kiawentiio, Ian Ousley, and Dallas Liu are the first to be cast in the highly anticipated adaptation, joining the show as series regulars. Read up on who they’ll play below!
* GORDON CORMIER (he/him) is AANG (12), a fearless and fun-loving twelve-year-old who just happens to be the Avatar, master of all four elements and the keeper of balance and peace in the world. An airbending prodigy, Aang is a reluctant hero, struggling to deal with the burden of his duties while still holding on to his adventurous and playful nature.
* KIAWENTIIO (she/her) is KATARA (14), a determined and hopeful waterbender, the last in her small village. Though only fourteen, she’s already endured great personal tragedy, which has held her back from rising to her true potential, though it’s never dimmed her warm and caring spirit.
* IAN OUSLEY (he/him) is SOKKA (16), Katara’s sardonic and resourceful 16-year-old brother. Outwardly confident, even brash, he takes his responsibility as the leader of his tribe seriously, despite his inner doubts over his warrior skills… doubts that he masks with his wit and deadpan sense of humor.
* DALLAS LIU (he/him) is ZUKO (17), a skilled firebender and the intense and guarded Crown Prince of the Fire Nation. Currently roaming the world in exile, he’s on an obsessive quest to capture the Avatar because he believes that is the only way to reclaim his life and live up to the demands of his cruel and controlling father, the Fire Lord.
Behind the camera, Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series is set to be spearheaded by Albert Kim, who serves as showrunner, executive producer, and writer on the series.
Other executive producers on the project include Dan Lin (The Lego Movie), Lindsey Liberatore (Walker) and Michael Goi (Swamp Thing). Meanwhile, Roseanne Liang serves as a co-executive producer.
Directors set to helm episodes include Gio, Liang, and Jabbar Raisani.
In the early stages of the live-action series’ development, original ATLA creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were both involved with the upcoming live-action series adaptation.
Back in August of last year, however, both DiMartino and Konietzko revealed that they’d chosen to part ways with the live-action series adaptation because they didn’t feel as though their vision for the series was being supported by the streamer.
Even so, Netflix insists that its Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series adaptation is set to be “an authentic adaptation of the award-winning and beloved Netflix animated series.”
In a letter to the fans of the series, showrunner Albert Kim spoke of how the point of the series isn’t to change things for the sake of changing them.
“I didn’t want to modernize the story, or twist it to fit current trends. Aang is not going to be a gritty antihero. Katara is not going to get curtain bangs. (I was briefly tempted to give Sokka a TikTok account though. Think of the possibilities.)” said Kim.
“We’ll be expanding and growing the world, and there will be surprises for existing fans and those new to the tale,” continued the showrunner. “But throughout this process, our byword has been “authenticity.” To the story. To the characters. To the cultural influences.”
Currently, there’s no word on when we might expect to see Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series adaptation debut via the streamer.