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‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Series: Cast Info, Release Date & More You Need To Know

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After a slow start, Netflix’s highly anticipated live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender rounded out its cast of more than 30 people four years after the project was announced. The show is based on the Nickelodeon animated series of the same name and will “showcase Asian and Indigenous characters as living, breathing people”, per showrunner Albert Kim in a press release for Netflix. She added, “Not just in a cartoon, but in a world that truly exists, very similar to the one we live in.”

The movie has not yet been rated, but its original version is rated for family watching with a TV-Y7 label. Therefore, it is likely the live-action will remain a family-friendly experience. As news about the film unfolds, let’s dig into the cast and all there is to know about Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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Avatar The Last Airbender Netflix Cast

Avatar: The Last Airbender consists of 31 announced cast members that make up the four nations named after the four elements: the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. Learn about each cast member and how they fit into the movie below.

Gordon Cormier As Aang

 

Gordon Comier will star as Aang, the last surviving Airbender who can control all four elements. Gordon’s casting was announced in Aug. 2021 and he took to his Instagram page to celebrate. “Wow! I’m so honored to be casted as the legendary Aang in Netflix’s live action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender! Yip yip!” he wrote alongside a photo of three other cast members who were announced. Gordon is 12 years old and most recently voiced a character in the 2022 TV series, Team Zenko Go.

Kiawentiio As Katara

Kiawentiio, 16, was announced as Katara, a waterbender who befriends Aang. Her most notable previous roles include Ka’kwet in the Netflix and CBS series Anne with an E and Maya Thomas in 2021’s Rutherford Falls. She posted the same cast photo as Gordon when she was announced as part of the cast and wrote, “It’s official!! I’m excited to share that I’ve been cast as Katara in Netflix’s live action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender!! I know you all have been waiting, thank you for all the love”.

Daniel Dae Kim As Fire Lord Ozai

Daniel Dae Kim, 54, of Hawaii Five-0 and Lost fame will play Ozai, the tyrannical leader of the Fire Nation. His response to being cast? The cheeky tweet below.

Dallas Liu As Prince Zuko

Actor Dallas Liu

Dallas Liu, 21, is set to play Zuko, a firebender and Crown Prince of the Fire Nation. During the series, his quest is to capture Avatar.

Ian Ousley As Sokka

Ian Ousley, 20, is set to play Sokka, Katara’s brother. Upon his casting, he shared the same photo as Gordon and Kiawetntiio and wrote, “i can NOT believe it but i’ve been cast as Sokka!! in @netflix live action adaptation of avatar the last air bender!” His most notable roles are Robby Corman in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and Zeke Breem in the AppleTV series Physical.

Elizabeth Yu As Azula

Elizabeth Yu

Elizabeth Yu was cast to play Azula, the princess of the Fire Nation whose lifelong goal is to secure her right to the throne. Elizabeth, 19, was ecstatic when her casting was announced in Dec. 2021. “This photo was taken a year ago when none of this was ever even a dream I could fathom of imagining,” she captioned a photo of herself posing next to an Avatar setup. “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. What an honor, privilege, and a responsibility that I’m so utterly blessed to have achieved.”

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Uncle Iroh

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, 50, will bring the character of Iroh to life. Iroh is a retired Fire Nation general who mentors his nephew, Prince Zuko. When Paul’s casting was announced on Nov. 21, 2021, he admitted he felt he had “bigshoes to fill”, as seen in the below tweet.

George Takei As Koh

George Takei

Star Trek actor George Takei, 85, will star as Koh, a predatory spirit haunting the world. This is a voiced role.

Randall Duk Kim As Wan Shi Tong

Randall Duk Kim

Randall Duk Kim, who has appeared in John Wick and Kung Fu Panda, will also voice a character in the live-action Avatar series. The actor, 78, will play Wan Shi Tong, a giant owl known as the Spirit of Knowledge.

Utkarsh Ambudkar As King Bumi

Utkarsh Ambudkar

King Bumi, an ancient ruler of Omashu and a lifelong childhood friend of Aang, will be brought to life by Utkarsh Ambudkar, 39. Some of his notable projects include 2012’s Pitch Perfect, 2020’s The Broken Hearts Gallery, and 2021’s Tick, Tick… Boom!.

Danny Pudi As The Mechanist

Danny Pudi

Danny Pudi, 43, who is best known for his roles in Community and Mythic Quest, is playing the Mechanist, an “inventor engineer who’s doing his best to raise his son in a war-torn world”, per Netflix.

Arden Cho As June

Actor Arden Cho

Arden Cho, 37, was cast as June, a ruthless bounty hunter. Arden’s most memorable projects include Teen Wolf, Chicago Med, and The Honor List.

Other supporting cast members, grouped by nation, can be seen below.

Water Tribe

Amber Midthunder as Princess Yue, A Martinez as Pakku, Irene Bedard as Yagoda, Joel Oulette as Hahn, Nathaniel Arcand as Chief Arnook, and Meegwun Fairbrother as Avatar Kuruk.

Earth Kingdom

Lucian-River Chauhan as Teo and James Sie as the cabbage merchant.

Fire Nation

Momona Tamada as Ty Lee, Thalia Tran as Mai, Ruy Iskandar as Lt. Jee, Hiro Kanagawa as Fire Lord Sozin, C.S. Lee as Avatar Roku, François Chau as the Great Sage, and Ryan Mah as Lt. Dang.

Release Date and Where to Watch

Since the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender is a Netflix series, it will be available to all Netflix users once it’s released. The release date, however, is a huge mystery. The film was announced back in 2018 and started filming in 2021, so it does not seem as if Netflix is in a huge rush to get the show out. There have been no hints or teasers about the film’s release date, either, as of this writing.

When the show is released, it has been reported by FLIXDown that there will be eight or 10 hour-long episodes in the first season. Furthermore, the show is expected to be one of Netflix’s most expensive, coming in at an estimated $15 million per episode to make.

Plot Details

The live-action Avatar will closely follow the original plot of the series, which first aired on Nickelodeon in 2005. In a letter to fans addressing concerns that the live-action series would differ too much from the original, showrunner Albert Kim said she would never change it in a distasteful manner. “I didn’t want to change things for the sake of change. I didn’t want to modernize the story, or twist it to fit current trends. Aang is not going to be a gritty antihero. Katara is not going to get curtain bangs. (I was briefly tempted to give Sokka a TikTok account though. Think of the possibilities.),” she penned.

“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. But throughout this process, our byword has been ‘authenticity.’ To the story. To the characters. To the cultural influences,” she continued. “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.”

With that being said, the original series description as posted to Netflix reads, “Siblings Katara and Sokka wake young Aang from a long hibernation and learn he’s an Avatar, whose air-bending powers can defeat the evil Fire Nation.”

Production Timeline

As noted above, the overall project of Avatar: The Last Airbender was announced in 2018 and didn’t reveal its star until 2021, so the production timeline has been a slow-moving one. Perhaps one thing that pushed production back was the fact that Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who co-created the original animated series, left the production at some point after its inception. Its executive producers are currently Albert Kim, Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore, and Michael Goi. Michael also serves as a director alongside co-executive producer Roseanne Liang, Jabbar Raisani and Jet Wilkinson.

Filming began in Nov. 2021, according to Kiawentiio’s Instagram, and ended in June, per FLIXDOWN. It is currently in post-production, per IMDb, which makes it interesting that several cast members were announced in Sept. 2022. If the show truly is in its post-production stages, fans can have a series available very soon.



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The music of the night will continue for eight weeks longer than expected.

The Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera” announced in September that it would be closing in February because of declining ticket sales, but plans have changed.

On Tuesday, the show’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, announced the show will now run until April 16.

An unexpected bolster in sales, as well as a busy Thanksgiving week, helped the longest-running show in Broadway history earn $2.2 million in sales last week, according to The New York Times.

“What a phenomenal response there has been to the show ending,” Mackintosh told the Times. “We’ve sold out virtually everything that we have on sale.”

The musical will celebrate its 35th anniversary in January.

With music by famed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Phantom” features a masked music lover who haunts the Paris Opera House.

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Leni Klum, 18, Rocks Red Hot Lingerie In Sexy Intimissimi Ad After Backlash For Posing With Mom Heidi

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Leni Klum, 18, got a lot of attention for her latest sexy Instagram post. The daughter of Heidi Klum, 49, posed in a red bra and matching underwear as she sat on top of a bathroom sink, in the new eye-catching photo, which served as an ad for the lingerie company Intimissimi. She also had her hair down and was brushing her teeth with a toothbrush as she looked at the camera with a slight smile.

“night time routine in the new intimissimi christmas lingerie pieces available and OUT NOW online and in all intimissimi stores! @intimissimiofficial,” Leni captioned the post. Her followers were quick to compliment her shortly after she published the photo. “She is so beautiful,” one follower wrote while another simply but effectively wrote, “Wow.”

Before Leni posted her newest photo, she made headlines for appearing in a lingerie campaign alongside her model mom. After she received some negative criticism from online users, who called some of the photos “disturbing” and “weird,” the young beauty defended herself while walking the red carpet of walking the red carpet at Heidi’s annual Halloween party on October 31.

Leni Klum, Heidi Klum

“I honestly didn’t look at a lot of the reactions,” she said in an interview at the event. “I am overall happy with the campaign and I had an amazing day with my mom. I think the photos turned out great, and we had an amazing time. I just don’t look at it, honestly. If I don’t look at it, I don’t have to pay any attention to it, so I just don’t know what is there.”

In the controversial campaign, which was also for Intimissimi, the mother and daughter were seen posing in various bras and underwear and also danced to Italian classical music, in a video that went along with the photos. Howard Stern also criticized the photos and video on an episode of his SiriusXM show. “I looked at it and I thought, ‘This is so f—king’ out of line. It is so inappropriate. But you can’t stop looking at it,” he said on the air. “It looks like a guy’s fantasy. They’re kissing and they’re holding each other. And they’re frolicking.”

Despite the negative opinions, Leni continued to praise her mom and revealed she’s grateful to have had the opportunity. “I love her. She’s an inspiration. Just the advice she gives me, the way she works, everything about her, I can go on and on,” she said. “I love shooting with her.”



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