I’ll be flailing over the Avatar: The Last Airbender cast for the foreseeable future.
So it’s no surprise that when Netflix announced they’d be making a live-action TV series based on the iconic Nickelodeon show, fans began to wonder who would be cast.
Well, Netflix just unveiled who will be playing Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Zuko, and not to be dramatic, but I love them all already.
Here’s a group shot of the cast, just so you can see what they all look like together (and because I got emotional when I saw it).
Netflix also released the creative team behind Avatar: The Last Airbender. Albert Kim, who previously worked on shows like Sleepy Hollow and Nikita, will be taking on the role of showrunner, executive producer, and writer.
Speaking about bringing Avatar: The Last Airbender to life in this live-action series, Albert said he began watching the show with his daughter when she was younger and he was immediately “sucked into the world and characters.”
“It also wasn’t lost on me that this was a world that drew from Asian cultures and legend, which is a rarity to this day and something I appreciated as an Asian-American father. That my daughter was able to see characters who looked like her on screen was more than just entertaining. It was a gift.”
While casting, Albert wanted to be authentic, saying he was excited that this live-action show 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.”
“Authenticity is what keeps us going, both in front of the camera and behind it, which is why we’ve assembled a team unlike any seen before — a group of talented and passionate artists who are working around the clock to bring this rich and incredibly beautiful world to life.”
In terms of the plot of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Albert assures fans that the live-action show will not “change things for the sake of change.”
“I didn’t want to modernize the story, or twist it to fit current trends. Don’t get me wrong. We’ll be expanding and growing the world, and there will be surprises for existing fans and those new to the tale.”
While we’ll have to wait a little while until we can finally watch the Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series, I cannot wait to see this cast in action and fall in love with their takes on these beloved characters.
What do you think of the cast so far? Are you excited to see this show come to life on Netflix? Tell us everything in the comments below!
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