After a day of filming Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, Gordon Cormier shares a fun BTS image of the live cast in a band.
Fans Get a Glimpse of Gaang’s Live Cast in Netflix Behind-the-Scenes Preview Avatar: The Last Airbender. The Netflix adaptation is one of many Avatar: The Last Airbender-related projects that are in development this year, but this is the only live action. With a few additions and changes, showrunner Albert Kim hopes to reimagine the hit 2005 cartoon created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko as a live-action show with the same charm as the original.
Kim is far from alone in her live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender trip, as the series would bring together a huge cast. Costume designer Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh shared a post on her Instagram which revealed that Netflix had cast over 130 actors, not counting any extras or stunt performers for the show. Front and center of this cast is Gordon Cormier as Aang, who is joined on his quest to find bending masters by Ian Ousley and Kiawentiio as Sokka and Katara, respectively. As the story unfolds, they meet Dallas Liu as Zuko, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Iroh, Elizabeth Yu as Azula, and Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai . Several other actors were added to the cast without officially announced roles, including A Martinez and Amber Midthunder.
Audiences only see a small part of this giant cast in a recent behind-the-scenes image posted to Cormier’s Instagram. After a day of filming on Netflix Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation, Cormier (Aang) shared a photo of himself with Ousley (Sokka), Kiawentiio (Katara), and Liu (Zuko) in a group. In a way, it’s a preview of the eventual Team Avatar or Gaang once Zuko switches sides and joins the good guys. In this fun photo, Ousley, Liu, and Cormier are also each wearing a hat, seemingly hiding everything with their hair. Check the message below:
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Details on the live broadcast have been sparse, with little information on the plot and character changes aside from adding new characters like Suki’s mother. With that in mind, it seems likely that Ousley, Liu, and Cormier’s hairstyles will be kept under wraps until any official images are released. The original cartoon has an instantly recognizable animation style with distinct character designs with notable features like Sokka’s warrior wolf tail, Zuko’s topknot, Aang’s (tattooed) bald head, and curls of Katara’s hair.
Although Zuko and Aang don’t start out as friends in Season 1, footage like this lets fans see that their cast doesn’t share that animosity. Since friendships and relationships are so important to Avatar: The Last Airbender, it bodes well for the series that the actors can spend time together outside of filming. Currently, there is no official release date for Netflix Live Action Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation, but it should arrive on the streamer between late 2022 and early 2023.
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