‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Netflix Series: Everything We Know So Far

All the most recent updates and all the pieces we find out about Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Idea Artwork – Image: Netflix

Netflix’s live-action adaptation collection of Avatar: The Last Airbender is at the moment filming in Vancouver, Canada. That is our massive preview with all the pieces we all know up to now about Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s live-action Netflix collection together with forged, manufacturing updates, what we will count on, and extra. 

Co-created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the animated collection was one of the common cartoons of the mid-2000s. The collection spawned an equally common spin-off collection in 2012 often called The Legend of Korra (each of that are streaming on Netflix within the majority of areas all over the world however are anticipated to go away finally).

There’s lots to get to beneath however if you happen to’re in search of simply the headlines right here is the TL;DR:

  • 10 hour-long episodes have been anticipated however it’s been reported that it’ll be 8.
  • The collection is utilizing groundbreaking new LED know-how whereas filming.
  • It’s one among Netflix’s most costly reveals reportedly costing $15 million per episode for a complete of $120 million for season 1 alone.
  • Filming is anticipated to run till June 2022.
  • The authentic creators of the Nickelodeon collection are usually not concerned within the manufacturing
  • 13 forged members have been confirmed as of April 2022.


What’s the plot of the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender?

The plot of the live-action remake will retread the identical adventures as its animated counterpart.

On this planet of Avatar: The Last Airbender civilization is split into 4 separate nations. Named after the weather, the 4 nations are the Air Nomads, Earth Kingdom, Hearth Nation, and the Water Tribes. In every nation, solely a choose few folks often called the “Benders” can use their nation’s component by utilizing the regional martial arts and their telekinetic powers. The solely person able to utilizing all 4 components is the “Avatar”.

Avatar: The Last Airbender animated collection – Image: Nickelodeon

Aang is the most recent Avatar of the air nomads. After sleeping for 100 years within the ‘Avatar State’, Aang is awoken by Katara and Sokka of the Water Tribe. Studying of the struggle ravaging the world by the Hearth Nation, Aang with the assistance of his new mates should grasp the talents of the remaining components so he can carry concord amongst the nations.

Who’s within the forged of Avatar: The Last Airbender?

An expanded model of the Netflix Avatar: The Last Airbender forged record.

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Principal forged of Avatar: The Last Airbender on set – Image: Netflix

We’ve had three primary waves of forged bulletins up to now with loads extra to go.

As talked about above, we’re overlaying the forged in additional element within the hyperlink above however for a fast breakdown of the forged, right here’s who’s introduced and who’s rumored up to now:

Right here’s who will probably be enjoying the long-lasting roles:

  • Gordon Cormier (Misplaced in Area) as Aang
  • Kiawentiio Tarbell (Anne with an E) as Katara
  • Ian Ousley (13 Causes Why) as Sokka
  • Dallas Liu (PEN15) as Zuko
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Pictured: Gordon Cormier, Kiawentiio Tarbell, Ian Ousley, Dallas Liu

Alongside the forged bulletins, Albert Kim had the next to say:

“We’ll be increasing and rising the world, and there will probably be surprises for current followers and people new to the story. However all through this course of, our byword has been “authenticity.” To the story. To the characters. To the cultural influences. Authenticity is what retains us going, each in entrance of the digital camera and behind it a live-action model would set up a brand new benchmark in illustration and herald an entire new technology of followers. This was an opportunity to showcase Asian and Indigenous characters as residing, respiration folks. Not simply in a cartoon, however in a world that really exists, similar to the one we reside in.”

Earlier than their departure from the venture, right here’s what Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko had to say about casting the collection:

“We’re thrilled for the chance to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. We can’t wait to comprehend Aang’s world as cinematically as we all the time imagined it to be, and with a culturally acceptable, non-whitewashed forged.”

Regardless of rumors up till the official forged announcement, Dante Basco (who voiced Prince Zuko within the animated collection) had been pegged for a task within the upcoming Netflix collection however finally confirmed he wouldn’t be returning as Prince Zuko.

In an interview with in September 2021, Dallas Liu spoke in regards to the strain going into the primary season saying:

“… as a result of it’s such a beloved present I really feel like there may be some strain to do an important job and never that I’m doubting anybody or the venture in any respect, however that is the most important venture and the most important function that I’ve been in a position to participate in now, particularly main with a personality like Zuko, who’s so advanced and one among, if not the favourite, one of many favorites of the present along with his hearth bending and his historical past. I imply, he’s such an unbelievable character and he has one among my favourite character developments in the entire animated collection. So, I imply, I’m simply as a lot of a fan of Zuko as everybody else is. So I imply, clearly I’m excited as a result of this is sort of a dream, however on the similar time, it will get slightly nerve-wracking. You realize? To do a great job, and I imply, on the finish of the day I can solely do what I’m able to, however I hope that individuals take pleasure in my efficiency.

Netflix has additionally confirmed the casting of three necessary roles with the roles of Uncle Iroh, Gyatso, and Commander Zhao occupied by Paul Solar-Hyung Lee, Lim Kay Siu, and Ken Leung respectively.

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In December 2021, 4 extra roles have been crammed together with:

  • Elizabeth Yu forged as Azula the daughter of Hearth Lord Ozai and sister to Zuko
  • Maria Zhang as Suki the chief of an elite feminine combating power often called the Kyoshi Warriors.
  • Yvonne Chapman as Avatar Kyoshi legendary warrior revered for her bravery.
  • Casey Camp-Horinek as Gran Gran the compassionate matriarch of the Southern Water Tribe and Katara and Sokka’s grandmother.

We’ve additionally had a have a look at the forged on the new state-of-the-art set that Avatar: The Last Airbender will probably be filmed on courtesy of Netflix.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender Solid & Crew – Image: Netflix / Noah Asanias

Among the many rumored forged for the collection because of casting calls and the eagle eyes of KnightEdge Media we’re anticipating the next actors and actresses to look however as of April 2022 in unknown roles:

  • Jayden Zhang
  • Arden Cho
  • Ryo Hayashida
  • Momona Tamada

Characters we all know have been forged in season 1 of the present embrace:

  • Avatar Kuruk
  • King Bumi
  • Jet
  • Grasp Pakku
  • Chief Arnook
  • Princess Yue
  • Mai Lee
  • Ty Lee

Who’s concerned with Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix?

The most enjoyable information early within the venture was that the unique creators of the Nickelodeon collection could be concerned.

That’s in contrast to the earlier reside adaption of Avatar: The Last Airbender that was launched in 2010 by Nickelodeon and largely panned.

Unfortunetely, the unique creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko who have been going to function the chief producers and showrunners departed the venture in mid-2020.

Extra on their departures in a second.

Composer Jeremy Zuckerman was additionally believed to be returning to compose the music for the live-action remake, nonetheless, in an interview, he says he’s not formally signed on for the venture saying:

“No, there was by no means a contract. It was similar to “clearly you’re doing the music”, you understand, however now that they’re not there, I don’t know what they’re gonna need. I’m not tremendous pumped that they’re not gonna be there, so I don’t know. Actually, I don’t know what the longer term holds for that, it’s an enormous query mark. Yeah, sorry to not have a happier, extra easy reply.”

On July twenty first, 2021 he additional added that he wouldn’t be concerned in any capability with the venture.

Dan Lin is listed as an govt producer alongside his firm, Rideback. Rideback is liable for some large motion pictures (predominantly for Warner Brothers) together with the Sherlock Holmes motion pictures, the Lego Motion pictures, and IT movies.

Albert Kim has taken over the showrunning duties for Avatar: The Last Airbender. Kim is understood for engaged on TNT’s Leverage and Nikita. As well as, Ryan Halprin and Lindsey Liberatore are listed as producers with Rideback Productions being the first manufacturing firm behind the venture. Rideback just lately sold off another project to Netflix within the type of Parallel.

Jang Chol Lee will function an idea designer on the collection based on IMDBPro along with his earlier credit together with Huge Hero 6, Tangled, Cloudy with a Probability of Meatballs, and Beowulf.

Marc David Alpert was at one level producing the collection too. Marc’s spectacular credit span many years with him engaged on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Deadly Weapon, and Nikita.

Our mates at revealed on July 1st that Michael Wylie could be on board as a manufacturing designer. His spectacular resume contains Pushing Daisies which was launched on Disney+.

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Michael Goi

In June 2021, we’ve discovered that Michael Goi is ready to direct within the new Netflix collection. Though but to be formally confirmed, the completed cinematographer has labored beforehand on initiatives comparable to American Horror Story, Swamp Factor, Mary and Megan is Lacking.

Alongside the forged announcement, two extra administrators have been introduced for Avatar: The Last Airbender collection together with Roseanne Liang and Jabbar Haisani.

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Roseanne Liang and Jabbar Haisani

In October 2021, AvatarNews caught wind of an enormous recruitment course of in search of “Asian & Indigenous performers with martial arts or dance backgrounds” citing that the primary e-book options plenty of key battles with heavy choreography.

Why did the unique creators depart Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender?

Returning again to the unique creators now. As it’s possible you’ll recall again in August 2020, we discovered that the 2 authentic creators had departed the venture over what’s regarded as artistic variations.

In an open letter, Michael Dante DiMartino penned his ideas on their departure from the venture.

The co-creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender Michael DiMartino (left) and Bryan Konietzko (proper)

The key paragraph is as follows (though the entire letter is value studying):

“When Bryan and I signed on to the venture in 2018, we have been employed as govt producers and showrunners. In a joint announcement for the collection, Netflix stated that it was dedicated to honoring our imaginative and prescient for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the collection. And we expressed how excited we have been for the chance to be on the helm. Sadly, issues didn’t go as we had hoped.”

Bryan Konietzko additionally posted a statement on Instagram. Listed here are among the key highlights from the assertion we’d like to the touch upon:

“Although I started working with some nice people, each on Netflix’s facet and on our personal small growth staff, the overall dealing with of the venture created what I felt was a detrimental and unsupportive setting. “

Since their departure, the duo has introduced they might be helming new animated initiatives over at Paramount+ throughout the Avatar universe beneath a new studio called Avatar Studios.

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Because the departing creators, extra criticism of Netflix’s imaginative and prescient for the collection has materialized. As Winter is Coming reports, Dee Bradley Baker (who voiced Appa and Momo) didn’t mince his phrases about Netflix’s imaginative and prescient to basically recreate the Nickelodeon collection saying:

“I simply don’t know the way you fulfill that any higher than this present did. I’m open to no matter they do with the live-action collection, which I do know nothing about, however it’s like, ‘Effectively, how do you do that higher than the best way that it was rendered on this present?’ I don’t know the way you do this! I hope you’ll be able to.”

The place is manufacturing as much as for Avatar: The Last Airbender season 1?

It was initially reported again in late 2018 that full manufacturing would begin in 2019. Nevertheless, two years later that didn’t occur for varied causes (one being the departure of the unique creators and the second being COVID-19).

The first launch manufacturing replace for the collection got here in late Might 2019. Bryan Konietzko shared an replace on the manufacturing of the present saying:

“We’re transferring into a brand new workplace house, transitioning into the following part of manufacturing. Our core staff is rising. We’re writing, planning, and testing. Although there’s loads that’s new for us on this reside motion course of, we’ve been on this lengthy rollercoaster trip twice earlier than and lots of the climbs and twists and turns really feel acquainted. Proper now, all the pieces appears sluggish, and we’re itching to hurry up; earlier than we all know it, all the pieces will probably be transferring too quick and taking place all of sudden. For individuals who are desperate to see this new collection and are asking if we now have a trailer but: thanks in your enthusiasm, sincerely, however you wouldn’t need to see a model of this collection that was made inside 9 months. An excessive amount of Hollywood fare is fast-tracked and the outcomes converse for themselves. Fortunately for us and this collection, Netflix is dedicated to doing it proper.”

In September 2019, Bryan Konietzko shared some outdated storyboard photos that are from the unique animated collection however perhaps going by way of them for inspiration for the upcoming collection.

Storyboard image for Avatar: The Last Airbender – Image: bryankonietzko/Instagram

Among the many different introduced crew members embrace Jan Chol Lee who’s working as an idea designer on the collection. His earlier roles have included engaged on Disney’s Huge Hero 6, 2006’s Beowulf, and Cloudy with a Probability of Meatballs.

Some photos have been circulated in early September 2019 with ideas and early filming photos however these have since been debunked.

In October 2019, ProductionWeekly acknowledged that the present was nonetheless in energetic growth, and manufacturing is scheduled to begin in 2020 (it’s unclear as of January 2021 whether or not that is nonetheless the case).

In March 2020, Bryan shared a small (and reasonably empty) replace concerning the live-action collection saying:

“In different information, sorry for the shortage of updates on the reside motion adaptation of ATLA. It’s been a sluggish course of, slower than anticipated. However VERY thrilling issues are within the works on the venture… Hold in there. We’ll share some data as quickly as we will. 💙⬇️💙 However there are extra necessary issues happening on the planet… It’s certainly going to be a tough trip for the following few months, a minimum of. 💙 So, once more, let’s all attempt to take care.”

After all, in August 2020 (see above) the unique creators departed the collection so manufacturing continues to be up within the air which we will assume means the manufacturing continues to be early on.

Manufacturing will go forward in Vancouver, Canada and though has been listed to get underway a number of instances, it’s now believed by way of a number of sources that manufacturing is ready to get underway in November 2021 and run by way of April 2022.

The present is being filmed beneath the working title of ‘Commerce Winds’.

As of the sixteenth of November, the production of Avatar: The Last Airbender is underway. The affirmation that manufacturing underway additionally comes with additional casting information which sees the roles of Gyatso, Uncle Iroh, and Commander Zhao now crammed.

In January 2022, journalist Caleb Williams acknowledged that manufacturing is at the moment now set to run by way of to Might 2022 and that they’re in search of extras “for the 2-part finale”.

Filming on the collection is now at the moment expected to end in June 2022.

When is the discharge date for Avatar: The Last Airbender?

No phrase on this. Given the very fact the present isn’t because of begin manufacturing till a minimum of November 2021, we’re anticipating a late 2022 and even 2023 launch date at this level.

Earlier than we depart you, we’d extremely suggest following AvatarNews on Twitter and its website. They continue to be among the best assets for information surrounding all issues Avatar and even created this unbelievable idea poster artwork for the Netflix collection:

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