Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Gordon Cormier Shaves His Head to Play Aang in Netflix's Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Series

As the start of production for Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender nears, Aang actor Gordon Cormier has begun preparing by shaving his head.

Gordon Cormier, the star of Netflix's upcoming live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation, finally sports Aang's shaved head look in some new images. For years now, Netflix has been trying to bring Avatar to life in a way that will prove more successful than M. Night Shyamalan's 2010 misfire The Last Airbender. The original animated series, which aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons, tells the story of young airbender Aang, the famed Avatar who stands as his war-torn world's last hope for peace. Aang has the power to wield all the elements, and he'll need each one to defeat the power-hungry Fire Lord.

Netflix's Avatar suffered a huge blow last year when creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino departed the series over creative differences. Since then, though, the project has made considerable progress under the care of showrunner Albert Kim. Filming on Avatar: The Last Airbender is expected to pick up in the coming weeks, potentially leading to a late 2022 premiere. As Cormier's newfound online popularity indicates, most major roles for Avatar season 1 have been cast, with characters like Iroh (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and Commander Zhao (Ken Leung) being added most recently.

Another sign that Avatar: The Last Airbender is finally about to begin production has arrived courtesy of Cormier himself. Last week, Cormier hinted he was just about to shave his head in preparation for the start of filming, and now it's clear he's officially taken the plunge. Cormier's most recent social media post shows him (wearing a Netflix hoodie) with Sokka actor Ian Ousley, and though Cormier is wearing a hat in both of the images he shared, fans can get a peek at his shaved appearance at the side of his head. Check out the pictures down below.

Some kids might balk at the idea of shaving their head, but Cormier was up for the challenge. Back in August, Cormier confirmed he would be shaving his head to play Aang, and he seemed very excited at the prospect. Fans might have to wait a bit longer to see his full Aang look, blue tattoos included. Still, this is a thrilling bit of progress that helps to make Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender feel even more like a reality. There might still be some apprehension from fans over this project, but based on the cast alone, there's reason for excitement.

One of the reasons Shyamalan's The Last Airbender struggled to win over fans was its lack of humor, which is a key part of the original series. Aang in particular is supposed to maintain his youthful excitement throughout the first season, but the movie effectively smothered that. Based on his social media posts, it looks like Cormier has the right kind of bright-eyed enthusiasm needed to play Aang, and hopefully he'll be able to retain that on Avatar. Stay tuned for more peeks at the Netflix cast as filming gets closer.

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Original source: ScreenRant.

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