Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Netflix's Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Finds Its Mai, Completes Azula's Trio

A new report reveals who Netflix's live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender has cast as Mai, completing Azula's Fire Nation squad.

Another major character in Netflix's live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series has been unveiled and it completes Azula's beloved trio of the Fire Nation's most formidable warriors. The latest report reveals the actor is set to bring Mai to life.

According to Avatar News, Thalia Tran, who has previously starred in titles such as Raya and the Last Dragon, will portray the Fire Nation noble in the upcoming show and will enjoy an expanded role from her animated counterpart. Alongside her will be actor Momona Tamada, who was recently announced as Ty Lee; and Lizzy Yu as their tenuous friend, the cold-hearted Princess Azula.

Mai was one of Azula and Ty Lee's closest friends since childhood. She was introduced in the Book 2 episode, "Return to Omashu" as the daughter of Ukano, who was briefly appointed the governor of Omashu -- then renamed New Ozai -- after it had been conquered by the Fire Nation. She played a key role in aiding Azula in her conquest of Ba Sing Se and later on aided Zuko and, consequently, Sokka and the Fire Nation's war prisoners in their escape from the Boiling Rock prison, betraying Azula out of love for Zuko.

It's currently uncertain how much larger of a role they will play than the characters in Nickelodeon's beloved animated series. Recent reports suggest several characters will get a turn in the spotlight, including Avatar Kuruk, who made just one full appearance in the animated series and was only alluded to in Book 1. On top of that, Avatar Kyoshi, who has been widely explored throughout the franchise's many comic books and novels.

Filming for Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender began in November 2021 and was completed in June. The show's first season is set to be composed of eight hour-long episodes. While few details are currently available, actor Paul Sun-Hyung, who will play General Iroh, previously teased the mature tone of the adaptation. He said, "Let's be frank: the first season of the animated series was geared toward little kids, but as the books went on, the themes became way more mature... And you still have that whimsical quality, but the themes were so much deeper and the character arcs were so much more mature. That quality is what they're trying to bring into the first season."

No release date has yet been announced for Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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Original source: CBR.com.

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