Netfix live action reboot of beloved series Avatar: The Last Airbender will film in Vancouver later this year.
Avatar: The Last Airbender ran from 2005 to 2008 on Nickelodeon. Going on to spawn a later spinoff as well as a novels, comics and video games. Starring in this reboot are Gordon Cormier (The Stand) as Aang, Kiawentiio (Beans) as Katara, Ian Ousley (13 Reasons Why) as Sokka, and Dallas Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings) as Zuko.
The series is centered around the journey of twelve-year-old Aang, the current Avatar and last survivor of his nation, the Air Nomads, along with his friends Katara, Sokka, and later Toph, as they strive to end the Fire Nation’s war against the other nations of the world. It also follows the story of Zuko—the exiled prince of the Fire Nation, seeking to restore his lost honor by capturing Aang, accompanied by his wise uncle Iroh—and later, that of his ambitious sister Azula.
Showrunner for the project is Albert Kim with Dan Lin, Ryan Halprin, Lindsey Liberatore producing. Filming will take place from Mid November until May next year. Kim released a blog on the production. Read on for an excerpt around the subject of representation:
“A live-action version would establish a new benchmark in representation and bring in a whole new generation of fans. This was a chance to showcase Asian and Indigenous characters as living, breathing people. Not just in a cartoon, but in a world that truly exists, very similar to the one we live in.”
Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko creators of the original parted ways with project over creative differences.
Netflix have yet to reveal a release date on the series.