In the early 2000’s, Nickelodeon unveiled what has become a cult classic in the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Following the story of Aang, a young man who is the last of his kind in a unique world overseen by ruling nations, The Last Airbender has continued to live on in popular culture since it first premiered and has become a classic in its own right. As many have continued to relive the excitement of their childhood in rewatching the original series though, Netflix has been hard at work hoping to bring the series’ diehard fans with something new. They have begun production on a live-action reboot of Avatar: The Last Airbender that is sure to leave fans elated, and this week they have been hard at work rounding out the cast for the upcoming project.
Originally premiering on Nickelodeon back in 2005, Avatar: The Last Airbender exists in a universe where the world is ruled by warring nations each equipped with the power to wield their respective elements to utilize as both a tool and weapon. The series main character Aang is a little different however: he is the last of his kind, an airbender who was thought to be long extinct before he emerges from his deep slumber. The resulting three seasons follow along as Aang navigates his experience as the last airbender on the planet and deals with conflicts that arise with members from other nations. Now Netflix is ready to bring the animated series to life, with a live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender currently in the early stages of production at the streaming network. They have been hard at work rounding out the cast for the upcoming project in hopes of commencing filming sooner rather than later, with Elizabeth Yu, Maria Zhang, Tamlyn Tomita, Yvonne Chapman and Casey Camp-Horinek set to join the cast of the new series. No release date for the upcoming reboot has been confirmed yet, however production began last month in Vancouver and is quickly ramping up from the look of things.
Avatar: The Last Airbender has permeated pop culture for nearly two decades now, seeing a revival unlike many other animated series from the time period. It’s no surprise that somebody would attempt to bring the seemingly timeless series back to the surface, and it is equally unsurprising that it’s Netflix who is at the helm of the upcoming project. It will certainly be interesting to see, and eager fans can remain on the lookout for further updates about the live-action reboot of Avatar: The Last Airbender in the coming weeks.