Water, Earth, Fire, and Air. The four elements have collided during Netflix’s Geeked Week, as the streaming service unveils its live-action rendition of the iconic Nickelodeon animation series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
A new trailer for the highly anticipated program, visuals, and a release date transports viewers back to the realm of bending with Avatar Aang (Gordon Cormier) and his buddies. The first real footage promises an epic journey to vanquish the great evil of the Fire Nation once again.
Avatar: The Last Airbender | Official Trailer
Aang Returns to Restore Balance in the First ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Live-Action Trailer
The Avatar: The Last Airbender trailer opens by setting the scene, and building up the setting in which the show is situated.
While there isn’t much language besides a single voiceover, the trailer reveals other live-action characters and the main cast, including the winged lemur Momo & the Kyoshi Warrior leader Suki.
The series is set in a fictional world that is divided into four nations. Only a select handful are born with the power to control the elements, whether air, water, earth, or fire. Only the Avatar, a legendary entity reincarnating in a different form every generation, can master all four.
Each Avatar has been charged with restoring balance to the planet, but the most recent incarnation, a 12-year-old Airbender called Aang, has been absent for nearly a century.
So far, the trailer highlights how faithful the live-action representations are to the original show’s style. The trailer shows the updated Avatar: The Last Airbender characters and the live-action versions of many of the events from the animation show’s first season.
Bending and combining all four components, this series version looks remarkably loyal to its anime beginnings. It features some top-notch VFX while reminding many of the widely adored series that shaped many people’s childhoods.
The Cast and Characters of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Along with the new creative team, Netflix revealed a major cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Only a few characters have been officially announced yet, with more on the way as we move closer to the start of production.
As Avatar Aang, the series will be led by Gordon Cormier (The Stand).
Kiawentiio (Anne with an E) will play Katara.
Next up is Ian Ousley (13 Reasons Why), who will play Sokka, Katara’s elder brother.
Dallas Liu completes the cast as Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation.
The supporting cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender are Amber Midthunder (Princess Yue), Tamlyn Tomita (Yukari), Hiro Kanagawa (Fire Lord Sozin), C.S. Lee (Avatar Roku), François Chau (The Great Sage), Yvonne Chapman (Avatar Kyoshi) Casey Camp-Horinek (Gran Gran), Arden Cho (June), A Martinez (Master Pakku), Nathaniel Arcand (Chied Arnook), Meegwun Fairbrother (Avatar Kuruk), Maria Zhang (Suki), Paul Sun-Hyung (Uncle Iroh), Elizabeth Yu (Azula), Momona Tamada (Ty Lee), Thalia Tran (Mei), Lim Kay Siu (Monk Gyatso), and Ken Leung (Commander Zhao), Utkarsh Ambudkar (King Bumi), Danny Pudi (The Mechanist), Lucian-River Chauhan (Teo), Ruy Iskandar (Lt. Jee), Ryan Mah (Lt. Dang), Randall Duk Kim (Wong Shi Tong), and George Takei (Koh, the Face Stealer).
Netflix recently unveiled the release date for the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender of February 22, 2024.