In 2005, the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender was released by Nickelodeon, proving to be one of their most successful shows. After spawning multiple spin-offs, including a film directed by M. Night Shyamalan, comics and a prequel series, Netflix announced a live-action adaptation of the series in 2018.
To tease the project, set for release in 2024, the streaming service has shared some exclusive first-look images of the characters. Gordon Cormier stars as Aang, Ian Ousley plays Sokka, Dallas Liu will portray Zuko and Kiawentiio as Katara.
A short teaser trailer has also been released, depicting new versions of the iconic imagery from the original series. The series is set in a world affected by war, where specific inhabitants can ‘bend’ elements, like water and fire.
The 12-year-old Aang, a master of all elements known as an ‘Avatar’, is burdened with restoring order in the world when the Fire Nation threatens its stability.
Showrunner Albert Kim shared, “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.”
He added, “To the characters. To the cultural influences. 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.”
Check out the teasers below.