Thursday, May 11, 2023

Mae Whitman Will Not Return as the Voice of Katara in Upcoming ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Projects

Nickelodeon is ready to begin a new era for one of their most beloved animated franchises, Avatar: The Last Airbender. New movies from the franchise are currently in development, with the first one, which will follow the original Gaang as grown ups, making its way to the big screen on October 10, 2025. After two successful shows in Nickelodeon over the course of a decade, the Four Nations will be making a comeback.

During a recent interview with Awards Radar promoting Up Here, Mae Whitman, the actor behind the voice of Katara during the three seasons of the original Nickelodeon series, revealed that she will not be involved with the upcoming films. With the main characters of the franchise being older in the project, it remained to be seen if Whitman would return to the role, but she has now confirmed that things will go in a different direction, mentioning:

“Katara is another one who is a huge part of who I am, and I feel so honored about having had the opportunity to play her. I’m excited that we get to see a new iteration of her. A new version of who she is. And to have actors come in, who honestly fit the role much better. I’m so happy to pass the torch on, I’m so thrilled to be a part of her growth and I feel it’s important for us all to grow. For us to move on towards things that are more true and honest. I’m thrilled to have a little piece of that in my heart, forever, and I really can’t wait to see where she goes next.”

The actor also mentioned how exicted she is for a more diverse cast to take over the roles that first made their way to television screens around the world in 2005. Details surrounding the new movies are currently under wraps, but it was confirmed during this year’s CinemaCon that the characters from the Avatar: The Last Airbender will be going on adventure in their mid-twenties and thirties.

Whitman was the first actor to voice Katara. In the sequel, The Legend of Korra, the character was voiced by Eva Marie Saint.

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