Albert Kim will serve as the showrunner, executive producer and scribe for the show. Dan Lin and Lindsey Liberatore will executive produce alongside Michael Goi. Roseanne Liang will co-executive produce and take up the mantle of director along with Goi and Jabbar Raisani.
Now, Gordon Cormier is poised to play Aang, the “fearless and fun-loving 12-year-old who just happens to be the Avatar, master of all four elements and the keeper of balance and peace in the world.” Aang is an airbending wunderkind, but he struggles with juggling his duties while retaining his childhood. Cormier is most known for portraying Joe in The Stand.
Kiawentiio will be Katara, a “determined and hopeful waterbender, the last in her small village.” She’s endured crushing personal tragedy despite her young age — 14 years old. However, Katara forges ahead with her signature warm spirit, never allowing her past to darken her future. Kiawentiio recently appeared in Rutherford Falls as Maya Thomas.
Ian Ousley portrays Sokka, Katara’s 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.” Sokka is also rather fond of utilizing sardonic wit as a coping mechanism. Ousley’s biggest credit is Physical, wherein he recurred in four episodes as Zeke Breem.
Dallas Liu will play Zuko, 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.” Zuko believes this will help him live up to the demands made by the Fire Lord, his callous father. Liu is known for his work on PEN15 as Shuji Ishii-Peters.
Avatar: The Last Airbender initially ran for three seasons on Nickelodeon, from 2005 to 2008. In 2012, the network also aired The Legend of Korra, which lasted four seasons.
The original Avatar creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, exited the project last year. While this makes me reticent, I’m curious to see how Netflix adapts this, and how it’ll look in a live-action format.
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