Saturday, August 07, 2021

Netflix's Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Adaptation Reportedly Finds Its Cast

Avatar News is reporting that Netflix may have cast the actors for four of the main roles in the streamer's upcoming live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender!

Photo: Avatar News.

According to Avatar News, 11-year-old Filipino-Canadian actor Gordon Cormier from Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada has been cast in the title role of Aang. He's previously appeared in Paramount+’s The Stand and Netflix’s Lost in Space.

Kiawentiio Tarbell has reportedly been cast as Waterbender Katara. The 14-year-old Indigenous North American - Mohawk actor from Akwesasne, Ontario, Canada is best known for CBC and Netflix’s Anne with an E. Her name is also spelled Kiawenti:io, and she also goes mononymously by Kiawentiio. In an April 2021 interview, she said: “It would be a dream if I could work on Avatar: The Last Airbender. I’m dying to be Katara.”

Ian Ousley has reportedly been cast as the Southern Water Tribe's Sokka, Katara's brother. The 19-year-old actor is best known for Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and Apple TV+’s Physical.

And Chinese-Indonesian-American actor Dallas Liu has reportedly been cast as Firebender Prince Zuko. The 20-year-old actor from Los Angeles, California is best known for Hulu’s PEN15 and Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (upcoming).

Revealing how they worked out who had been cast in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar News revealed: "Throughout the summer, crew positions have been filling up and casting calls have been taking place, corroborated and confirmed by multiple different avenues of legitimate industry sources. In the last few days, a lot of major gears have suddenly turned. Long story short, people are starting to follow each other on Instagram– actors, and confirmed crew members. After extensive research, I’m basically certain that four young actors who all started following each other, as well as following and being followed by various confirmed crew members, have been cast in the four main roles: Aang, Katara, Sokka, Zuko. The timelines match up, as do the casting calls."

Please note that this news has yet to be confirmed by Netflix.

Netflix announced their plans in 2018 to make a live-action remake of ATLA. The project initially featured the show's original creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, as showrunners. But in 2020, the duo decided to leave the project, claiming that Netflix didn't follow through on their promise to support their vision for the show. However, Netflix is still moving forward with the show, leaving Avatar: The Last Airbender fans worried that without DiMartino and Konietzko, the streamer's remake might end up being a disappointment just like M. Night Shyamalan's 2010 film, The Last Airbender. Earlier this year, ViacomCBS announced the development of an animated Avatar movie made by a new division of Nickelodeon called Avatar Studios, of which DiMartino and Konietzko are co-chief officers.

It's being reported that Jang Chol Lee will serve as a concept designer on the live-action Avatar serie. His previous credits including Big Hero 6, Tangled, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Beowulf.

Dan Lin is listed on IMDb as an executive producer alongside his company, Rideback. Rideback is responsible for some huge movies (predominantly for Warner Brothers) including the Sherlock Holmes movies, the Lego Movies, and IT films.

Albert Kim is believed to be taking over the showrunner duties who is known for working on TNT’s Leverage and Nikita. In addition, Ryan Halprin and Lindsey Liberatore are listed as producers with Rideback Productions helming the project. Rideback recently sold off another project to Netflix in the form of Parallel.

It's also being reported that Marc David Alpert was at one point producing the series too. Marc’s impressive credits span decades with him working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lethal Weapon, and Nikita. However, recent production listings omit his name.

IMDb also currently lists Ryan Halprin and Lindsey Liberatore as executive producers too.

In June 2021, fans learnt that Michael Goi is set to direct in the new Netflix series. Although yet to be officially confirmed, the accomplished cinematographer has worked previously on projects such as American Horror Story, Swamp Thing, Mary and Megan is Missing.

Production will go ahead in Vancouver, Canada and although has been listed to get underway multiple times, it’s now believed through multiple sources that production is set to get underway in November 2021 and run through May 2022.

The show is being filmed under the working title of Trade Winds.

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