Gordon Cormier shared a picture showing Dallas Liu, Ian Lousley, and Kiawentiio goofing around on the set.
In a recent behind-the-scenes image from Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender, shared by cast member Gordon Cormier, the actors are seen huddling together. The streaming platform's adaptation is one of many Avatar: The Last Airbender projects in development, however, it is the only live-action one. While the showrunner, Albert Kim hopes to do justice to the original show by keeping the charm it has, he also hopes to elevate and bring in some novel elements in the live-action show which is based on the hit 2005 cartoon created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, ScreenRant reports.
The show is based on the concept that there are people in the Asiatic world that can control base elements like fire, water, air, and earth telekinetically. The person who can control all of them is called an ‘Avatar’. The series is presented in a style that combines anime with United States cartoons and relies on the imagery of mainly East Asian culture, with some South Asian, New World, and Inuit and Sireniki influences.
The live-action series boasts a large cast, information which came to light after the costume designer Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh shared a post on her Instagram that revealed Netflix has cast over 130 actors, not including extras or stunt performers for the series. In this grand scheme, Gordon Cormier is at the front and center, playing the role of Aang, who is joined in his quest to find bending masters by Ian Ousley and Kiawentiio as Sokka and Katara, respectively. As the story progresses, they encounter 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 have been added to the cast without officially announced roles, including A Martinez and Amber Midthunder.
The picture shared by Cormier is among the rare sneak peeks provided by the cast and crew. After a day of filming on Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation, Cormier shared a photo of himself with Ousley, Kiawentiio, and Liu in a group huddle. There is a large amount of secrecy surrounding this project including its plot, storyline, and character changes outside of the addition of new characters like Suki’s mother. Even in the picture, the fact that cast members are wearing caps or hats to cover their heads may have something to do with keeping the news under wraps.
While Aang and Zuko don’t really start as friends in the first season, these pictures show that there is potential for some team-ups and fun on the set. Currently, there is no official release date for Netflix’s live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation, but it’s expected to hit the streamer between late 2022 and early 2023.