Thursday, November 17, 2022

Netflix's 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Series May Film Season 2 and 3 Back-to-Back

Netflix's highly anticipated live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series might film Seasons 2 and 3 back-to-back for a very practical reason.

Netflix may decide to shoot the second and third seasons of its live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender back-to-back, in order to avoid the young actors becoming visibly older between seasons.

Per Knight Edge Media, Netflix is already in preliminary talks to renew the hotly anticipated show and adapt the rest of the original series -- which ran for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008 -- earlier than expected. Stars Gordon Cormier and Kiawentiio are reportedly the greatest concern for producers, as they will be 14 and 17, respectively, by the time the second season starts filming -- several years older than their characters Aang and Katara are supposed to be.

Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender Characters Are Already Aged Up

The original Last Airbender show's three seasons were set over the course of a single year, and while the Gaang never celebrated any birthdays on screen, Aang was said to be 12, Katara 14, Sokka 15 and Zuko 16. The other young main characters of the live-action adaptation are reportedly less of a concern for Netflix, as Ian Ousley (Sokka) is currently 20, while Dallas Liu (Zuko) is 21. Presumably, the two would show fewer bodily changes over the course of a few years than the younger cast members would.

Deciding to film multiple seasons at once would not be an unprecedented move for Netflix, which shot another show with young stars, A Series of Unfortunate Events, back-to-back for its second and third seasons in 2017. Netflix has also reportedly renewed its popular fantasy series The Witcher for Seasons 4 and 5 and plans to shoo​​t them back-to-back. The streamer is also planning to film two sequels to action blockbuster Red Notice together in 2023, apparently due to the busy schedules of mega-stars Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot.

Production began on Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1, which will adapt "Book One: Water," in November 2021 and wrapped in June 2022. Since then, casting news relating to minor characters has steadily been revealed. James Sie, the original voice actor for the Cabbage Merchant, officially confirmed that he will reprise the fan-favorite role in live-action, and Star Trek legend George Takei was announced as Koh, the Face-Stealer.

Other big names set to appear in supporting roles include Community's Danny Pudi as the Mechanist, Teen Wolf's Arden Cho as June, Ken Leung as Commander Zhao, and C.S. Lee as Avatar Roku. The main cast will also feature Kim's Convenience star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Uncle Iroh and Daniel Dae Kim in a recurring capacity as Fire Lord Ozai.

Avatar: The Last Airbender will be available to stream on Netflix sometime in 2023, with an exact release date yet to be announced. The original animated series is currently available to stream on Paramount+ and Netflix.

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