Live Action Azula, Suki, And More Cast For Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender
When Netflix first announced that they were working on a live action Avatar: The Last Airbender series, fans were cautiously optimistic. The original creators of the series, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were on board, so it couldn’t be terrible right? Then, DiMartino and Konietzko announced that they were leaving due to “creative differences” and people really started to worry. However, as Netflix has shared more about the series, it actually doesn’t seem bad. The casting for the four main characters (Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Zuko) looks great and they recently announced that Daniel Dae Kim (!) would be playing Fire Lord Ozai and Kim’s Convenience‘s Paul Sun-Hyung was cast as Uncle Iroh. Now we have a live action Azula, Suki, and more, and omg! It looks great!
What Do We Know About The Live Action Azula, Suki, And More?
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The complete list of new live action characters include: Azula, Suki, Avatar Kyoshi, Gran Gran, and Suki’s mother Yukari. Elizabeth Yu (All My Love) will play Princess Azula, the daughter of Fire Lord Ozai and sister to Zuko. She’s a fire-bending prodigy and has always butted heads with her brother. She’s relentless in her goal of becoming the next Fire Lord and hurts many people along the way. Maria Zhang will play Suki, the leader of an elite female fighting force known as the Kyoshi Warriors who follow the fighting style as well as the fashion style of Avatar Kyoshi. Speaking of, Yvonne Chapman (Family Law) will play the legendary warrior Avatar Kyoshi, revered for her bravery, fearsome fighting skills, and dedication to justice. Tamlyn Tomita (Cobra Kai) will play Suki’s mother Yukari, the mayor of Kyoshi Island. Lastly, Casey Camp-Horinek (Reservation Dogs) will play Gran Gran, the matriarch of the Southern Water Tribe, and Katara and Sokka’s grandmother.
The cast right now includes Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, Dallas Liu as Zuko, Kim as Fire Lord Ozai, Sun-Hyung as Uncle Iroh, Ken Leung as Commander Zhao, and Lim Kay Siu as Aang’s airbender master, Gyatso. Albert Kim will act as showrunner, executive producer, and writer on the series, with Rideback’s Dan Lin and Lindsey Liberatore executive producing, along with Michael Goi. Roseanne Liang is co-executive producer. Goi, Roseanne Liang, Jabbar Raisani, and Jet Wilkinson are directing. Filming is currently shooting in Vancouver.
Kim told Netflix News that initially he didn’t see a reason to do a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender, saying “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” Later, he changed his mind, saying:
“But the more I thought about it, the more intrigued I became. VFX technology has advanced to the point where a live-action version can not only faithfully translate what had been done in animation — it can bring a rich new visual dimension to a fantastic world. We’ll be able to see bending in a real and visceral way we’ve never seen before. Also, Netflix’s format meant we had an opportunity to reimagine a story that had originally been told in self-contained half-hour episodes as an ongoing serialized narrative. That meant story points and emotional arcs we’d loved in the original could be given even more room to breathe and grow. Finally, 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.”
Avatar: The Last Airbender was an animated TV series (not considered anime, but definitely took elements of anime) that aired on Nickelodeon Animation Studios. It’s set in a world where people can manipulate one of the four classical elements (earth, fire, water, or air), also known as “bending.” Only the Avatar can bend all four elements and they’re responsible for serving as the bridge between the physical world and the spirit world. The series followed the adventures of twelve-year-old Aang, the current Avatar and last remaining member of his nation, the Air Nomads. He befriends Water Tribe siblings Katara and Sokka (the former of which is a water bender) and Toph, an Earth bender. In addition, they’re trying to escape the exiled prince of the Fire Nation, Zuko, who *SPOILER ALERT* ends up becoming their friend! The show has received critical acclaim for its characters, cultural references, art direction, soundtrack, humor, and themes. It often touched upon more difficult concepts, such as war, genocide, imperialism, totalitarianism, indoctrination, and free choice.
There’s no official release date for the live-action reboot of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but you can watch the entire original series on Netflix.
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