Prey star Amber Midthunder responds to reports of her being cast in Netflix’s live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series. Midthunder recently received critical and fan praise for her role as Naru in Prey, playing the unassuming but fierce Comanche warrior as an Indigenous Sioux woman herself. Known for her breakout role in Marvel’s Legion as well as roles in the Roswell, New Mexico series and the 2016 film Hell or High Water, Midthunder has cemented herself as a talented actor, especially with the most recent Prey.
Casting for Netflix’s highly anticipated Avatar: The Last Airbender series has really kicked off over the past few months, and reports say Midthunder will play the Northern Water Tribe princess Yue. In the original animated series, Yue has a critical role in Avatar Aang’s journey during the Siege of the North and is a brief love interest for the immature but sharp-witted Sokka. While Yue only appears in a handful of episodes in the original Avatar: The Last Airbender, she makes a lasting impact, sacrificing her life to save the Moon Spirit and ultimately help Aang reach his destiny. It remains to be seen if Netflix’s adaptation will alter Yue’s story in any way, but all signs so far point to Midthunder playing the role.
When asked by The New York Times if she can say anything about the live action Avatar: The Last Airbender series, Midthunder seems to know all too well that she shouldn’t say anything. All she can offer is a little chuckle and one sentence. She says:
“Nothing that I can be talking about right now.”
Midthunder’s casting keeps in line with the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender’s dedication to tapping Asian and Indigenous actors to accurately represent the characters. The same age as Aang, 12-year-old Filipino-Canadian actor Gordon Cormier will star as the titular Avatar, alongside Mohawk actress Kiawentiio as Katara and Ian Ousley as Sokka. The new Avatar is expected to follow the same adventures as the original animated series in eight hour-long episodes, although a release date is still unknown. However, Avatar: The Last Airbender is expected to premiere in 2023.
Following the immense praise for her role in Prey, fans are already excited to see more of Midthunder and learn how she’ll bring Yue to life in Avatar: The Last Airbender. As a fierce warrior in Prey, it will be interesting to see Midthunder play a sweet, gentle character, although both Naru and Yue show exceptional courage and dedication. Even if she can’t reveal more yet, the prospect of Midthunder joining Avatar: The Last Airbender in such a pivotal role is a thrilling one, and hopefully more information will emerge soon.
Source: The New York Times