Although the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender ended many years ago with the third season, the story of Avatar Aang and his “Gaang” is far from over. In addition to numerous comics and the follow-up series Korra, new content awaits us soon. On the one hand, there are the three new animated movies, but also a new live-action adaptation that Netflix is working on. You can find everything we know about it here.
A notice: This article will be continuously updated as new information becomes available.
Release and Stream
The Netflix series has been in planning since 2018, but there is no official start date so far. According to the actor who played Aang, the first season of the series has been filmed since June 28, 2022. So it’s quite possible that we Late 2022 or early 2023 can expect a release.
The news page Avatar newswhich specializes in the Avatar series, reports that the first season will consist of a total of eight episodes, each one hour long.
Where can I watch the series? Unsurprisingly, the Avatar series will stream on Netflix and will likely be available there exclusively.
Netflix has already announced most of the cast for the Avatar series. Showrunner is Albert Kim. With Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino, two of the original series creators were even involved in the implementation, but they left the project in 2020 due to creative differences.
- Gordon Cormier as Avatar Aang
- Kiawentiio as Katara
- Ian Ousley as Sokka
- Maria Zhang as Suki
- Dallas Liu as Zuko
- Elizabeth Yu as Azula
- Paul Sun Hyung Lee as Uncle Iroh
- Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai
- ken leung as Commander Zhao
- Yvonne Chapman as Avatar Kyoshi
- Utkarsh Ambudkar as King Bumi
- James you as the cabbage dealer (who was already the voice of the cabbage dealer in the original series. “My Cabbages!”)
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Although most of the important roles are filled, some characters are not yet listed here, above all the earthbender Toph, but also Ty Lee and Mai. Anyway, it’s most likely that we wouldn’t see these characters until a possible second season.
Appa and Momo have not yet been seen either. Noisy Avatar news the animal companions are to be created through a mixture of practical effects and CGI.
Much is not yet known about the plot of the live-action series other than that it intends to adapt the story of the cartoon series. The cast of characters so far suggests that the first season will follow the storyline of Book 1, an indication is also that there is no official cast for Toph yet.
Showrunner Albert Kim said of the series:
[Das Netflix-Format] means we’ve been able to give story segments and emotional arcs that we loved in the original more room to breathe and grow. Plus, a live-action adaptation can set a new standard for representation and bring in a new generation of fans. She gave us the chance to show Asian and indigenous characters as living, real people. […] I also knew that I didn’t want to change things just to change them. I didn’t want to modernize or twist the story to follow current trends. Aang doesn’t turn into a tough anti-hero.
However, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who played Uncle Iroh, has one streaming explains that the live-action series will be a lot darker than the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The show is said to feel more like Seasons 2 and 3 in tone and aimed more at young teens and up.
The setting of Avatar: The Last Airbender: The world of Avatar is divided into four nations where tamers and non-tamers live together. Tamers have the ability to control one of the four elements: fire, earth, water, or air. The avatar is the only person able to control all four elements. However, when the Fire Nation declares war on the other nations, the Avatar disappears without a trace.
The Avatar Movies
The new Avatar series has nothing to do with James Cameron’s “Avatar: Pandora’s Journey” nor with M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Legend of Aang”. Although the latter is also a live-action adaptation of the cartoon series, it was not well received by fans. The new live-action series is therefore based on the original cartoon.
At the same time are also three new Avatar: The Last Airbender animated films in progress. These are being produced by Avatar Studios and are not directly related to the live-action adaptation.