Just as the Avatar is destined to unite their world’s war-torn nations, so too is Netflix successfully uniting fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender with the long-awaited trailer for its upcoming live-action adaptation.
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Based on the iconic animated Nickelodeon series of the same name, which aired for three seasons from 2005 to 2008, Netflix’s reimagining “follows Aang, the young Avatar, as he learns to master the four elements (Water, Earth, Fire, Air) to restore balance to a world threatened by the terrifying Fire Nation.”
Already an obvious improvement on M. Night Shyamalan’s famously bad live-action film, the series has earned diehard fans’ trust and respect through authentic casting and a clear commitment to recreating the spirit of the original series.
Hit PLAY on the trailer above for your official first look at Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, then check out everything we know about the series below. When you’re done, drop a comment with your reactions. What looks good? What makes you nervous? And which epic moments are you most excited to see on screen?
When Is Avatar: The Last Airbender Being Released?
Avatar: The Last Airbender premieres on Thursday, Feb. 22, with all eight episodes being released at once.
Who Plays Aang on Avatar: The Last Airbender?
The show’s titular hero is portrayed by 14-year-old Gordon Cormier, whose previous TV credits include roles on Get Shorty (Epix), Lost in Space (Netflix), The Stand (then-CBS All Access) and Two Sentence Horror Stories (The CW).
Who Else Stars on Avatar: The Last Airbender?
Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s live-action adaptation also stars Kiawentiio as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, Dallas Liu as Prince Zuko, Ken Leung as Commander Zhao, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as General Iroh and Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai (all pictured above).
Recurring guest stars include:
Lim Kay Siu as Gyatso
Casey Camp-Horinek as Gran Gran
Ruy Iskandar as Lieurenant Jee
Hiro Kanagawa as Fire Lord Sozin
Randall Duk Kim as Wan Shi Tong
Tamlyn Tomita as Yukari
Yvonne Chapman as Avatar Kyoshi
Maria Zhang as Suki
Ryan Mah as Lieutenant Dang
Utkarsh Ambudkar as King Bumi
Danny Pudi as The Mechanist
Elizabeth Yu as Princess Azula
Thalia Tran as Mai
Momona Tamada as Ty Lee
Sebastian Amoruso as Jet
Lucian-River Chauhan as Teo
George Takei as Koh the Face Stealer
Amber Midthunder as Princess Yue
Arden Cho as June
C.S. Lee as Avatar Roku
Francois Chau as the Great Sage
A Martinez as Pakku
Nathaniel Arcand as Arnook
Irene Bedard as Yagoda
Joel Oulette as Hakoda
Meegwun Fairbrother as Avatar Kuruk
as well as Matt Yang King, Clyde Kusatsu, David Sakurai, Matt Yang King, Justin Wong and James Rha.
Who’s the Creative Team Behind Avatar: The Last Airbender?
Albert Kim (Sleepy Hollow, Nikita) serves as showrunner of Avatar: The Last Airbender, executive-producing alongside Jabbar Raisani, Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore and Michael Goi.
The first season’s eight episodes are written by Kim, Avatar creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Christine Boylan, Keely MacDonald, Gabriel Llanas, Emily Kim, Hunter Ries, Ubah Mohamed and Audrey Wong Kennedy.
Season 1 directors include Goi, Raisani, Roseanne Lian and Jet Wilkinson.
Is Avatar: The Last Airbender Renewed for Season 2?
While Netflix has not officially ordered anything beyond an eight-episode first season, it’s probably fair to assume that we’ll be getting plenty of Avatar: The Last Airbender content for years to come.
Should I Watch the Animated Avatar: The Last Airbender First?
While you’ll definitely be able to enjoy Netflix’s live-action series with no prior knowledge of the franchise, you’ll certainly have a deeper appreciation for it if you’re familiar with the source material. And with all three seasons currently available to binge on Netflix, what’s stopping you?
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