Netflix’s Live Action Avatar: The Last Airbender Casting Call For Iroh, Azula
When Netflix first announced that they were working on a live action reboot of the beloved Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender, fans met the news with some trepidation. After all, we were still trying to recover from the awful nightmare that was M. Night Shyamalan’s live action version. Netflix assured everyone that the show would remain true to the cartoon and they were even going to work with the original directors and creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Unfortunately, that fell through, but Netflix still powered on. They announced the main cast this past August and…it actually looks pretty good. The actors playing Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Zuko are all of various Asian backgrounds and they’re pretty close to the actually ages of the characters. Now, it seems like the live action Avatar casting call is out, this time for important supporting roles such as Iroh and Azula.
What’s The Latest Update On The Live Action Avatar Casting Call?
According to “rumor” blog The Illuminerdi, Netflix is currently looking for six additional roles. They listed a bunch of descriptions, which you can see below:
Casting For Uncle Iroh?
There’s a call for an East Asian male actor in his 50s or 60s who is believed to be Zuko’s Uncle Iroh. According to the character description, he is a former top athletics coach who is now retired and “takes the time to smell the roses and taste the pleasures in life.”
Casting For Fire Lord Ozai?
Another character casting call sounds like Zuko’s father, Firelord Ozai. The description calls for an East Asian man in his 40s, who is described as the intense CEO of a major corporation with perfectionist standards that he believes everyone around him should live up to. He is also known for being willing to sacrifice everything for power, including his marriage, while grooming his children to adopt his ruthless personality and views on the world.
Casting For Princess Azula?
A third casting description is looking for a 15 to 16-year-old actress of East Asian heritage who is believed to be Princess Azula. The character description taps her as a single-minded and ambitious young woman, who has been training her entire life to live up to her father’s legacy. The character is also known for exerting her ruthlessness toward anyone she sees as competition, including members of her own family.
Other roles in the process of being cast include an East Asian man in his 60s, who will serve as a recurring guest star and could be the character Gyatso or maybe Roku; an East Asian man in his 40s who will portray a recurring guest star (please be the Cabbage Man!); and a series regular character that is appropriate for a man in his 30s of East Asian heritage and is described as having first enlisted in the Navy when he was a teenager. This could potentially be Fire Nation Navy officer Admiral Zhao.
There’s no release date for the live action Avatar: The Last Airbender, but you can watch the entire series on Netflix.
What do you think of the live action Avatar casting call, especially for characters like Iroh and Azula? Let us know in the comments below!
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