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Here is our first look at Aang, Katara, Sokka and Zuko in the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series

Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, can stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is a legendary story that’s being reimagined in a live-action series. On Saturday, the show’s stars — Gordon Cormier, Kiawentiio, Ian Ousley and Dallas Liu — unveiled an exciting first look at their faithfully realized characters at Tudum: A Global Fan Event in Brazil. Thousands of fans erupted after seeing first looks at Aang, Katara, Sokka and Zuko.

Gordon Cormier is Aang, the fearless, easy-going 12-year-old who is keeper of the world’s balance and peace. He’ll be joined by Kiawentiio as Waterbender Katara, Ian Ousley as her brother, Sokka, and Dallas Liu as Firebending royalty, Zuko.

Albert Kim (Sleepy Hollow, Nikita) serves as showrunner, executive producer, and writer. Alongside Kim, Rideback’s Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Aladdin) and Lindsey Liberatore (Walker) serve as executive producers as well as Michael Goi (Swamp Thing, American Horror Story). Goi, Roseanne Liang (also a co-executive producer), Jabbar Raisani and Jet Wilkinson direct.

The cast also includes Elizabeth Yu (Azula), Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Iroh), Daniel Dae Kim (Fire Lord Ozai), Maria Zhang (Suki), Tamlyn Tomita (Yukari), Yvonne Chapman (Avatar Kyoshi) and Casey Camp-Horinek (Gran Gran). Then there are all of these other members of the cast below.

Water Tribe

  • Amber Midthunder (Prey, Roswell) as Princess Yue:
    The compassionate spiritual leader of the Northern Water Tribe.
  • A Martinez (Cowboy Bebop, Ambulance) as Pakku: 
    The veteran waterbending master of the Northern Water Tribe and a fierce defender of their traditions.
  • Irene Bedard (Pocahontas, The Stand) as Yagoda: 
    An empathetic healer who serves as a role model for her tribe’s female waterbenders.
  • Joel Oulette (Trickster, Ruby and the Well) as Hahn: 
    A strong and skilled warrior with an unwavering loyalty to his tribe.
  • Nathaniel Arcand (Heartland, FBI: Most Wanted) as Chief Arnook: 
    Father to Princess Yue and the respected leader of their tribe.
  • Meegwun Fairbrother (Burden of Truth, Mohawk Girls) as Avatar Kuruk: 
    A previous Avatar with a haunted past.

Earth Kingdom

  • Arden Cho (Partner Track) as June: 
    A tough and persistent bounty hunter known for her ruthless efficiency.
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar (Ghosts, World’s Best) as King Bumi: 
    The ancient and mercurial ruler of the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu.
  • Danny Pudi (Mythic Quest, Corner Office) as the Mechanist: 
    An eccentric inventor and engineer who’s doing his best to raise his son in a war-torn world.
  • Lucian-River Chauhan (Encounter, Heartland) as Teo: 
    The idealistic and high-flying son of the Mechanist.
  • James Sie (Stillwater) as the Cabbage Merchant: 
    A long-suffering vegetable vendor in Omashu.

Fire Nation

  • Momona Tamada (Secret Headquarters, One: Thunder God’s Tale) as Ty Lee: 
    An energetic and upbeat teen and one of Princess Azula’s best friends.
  • Thalia Tran (Raya and the Last Dragon, Little) as Mai: 
    An unflappable and deadpan teen who, along with Ty Lee, is one of Princess Azula’s closest allies.
  • Ruy Iskandar (Yes Day, Benders) as Lt. Jee: 
    The first officer of Prince Zuko’s ship.
  • Hiro Kanagawa (Altered Carbon, The Man in the High Castle) as Fire Lord Sozin: 
    The ruthless and ambitious previous ruler of the Fire Nation and grandfather of Fire Lord Ozai.
  • C.S. Lee (Dexter, Warrior) as Avatar Roku: 
    A wise and benevolent past Avatar from the Fire Nation.
  • François Chau (The Expanse, American Gigolo) as The Great Sage: 
    The venerated spiritual leader of the Fire Nation and guardian of Avatar Roku’s shrine.
  • Ryan Mah (The Good Doctor, Snowpiercer) as Lt. Dang: 
    Commander Zhao’s second-in-command.

Spirit World

  • George Takei (Star Trek, Resident Alien) as the voice of Koh: 
    An ancient, predatory spirit.
  • Randall Duk Kim (Kung Fu Panda, John Wick) as the voice of Wan Shi Tong: 
    Appears in the form of a giant owl and is also known as the Spirit of Knowledge.

In August 2021, showrunner Albert Kim wrote a statement explaining why he was excited about adapting the iconic animated show. “A live-action version can not only faithfully translate what had been done in animation — it can bring a rich new visual dimension to a fantastic world. We’ll be able to see bending in a real and visceral way we’ve never seen before.”

“We’ll be expanding and growing the world, and there will be surprises for existing fans and those new to the tale,” said Kim. “But throughout this process, our byword has been ‘authenticity.’ To the story. 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.”

Original Avatar creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were originally on board as executive producers and showrunners. However, the duo parted ways with the Netflix production in 2020.

Avatar: The Last Airbender premieres in 2024.

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