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Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender: Cast, Release Date, and Everything to Know

The show premieres in 2024

Kat Moon

After the success of Netflix's One Piece, anticipation for the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender is higher than ever. Yes, most of us are still skeptical about live-action adaptations of animated series as there have been more than a few underwhelming — if not disastrous — attempts in the past years. But from the looks of the Avatar teasers released so far, it seems like much care is being put into the remake of this beloved Nickelodeon show.

Netflix's remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender is helmed by Albert Kim. "A live-action version would establish a new benchmark in representation and bring in a whole new generation of fans," Kim said in a press release from August 2021. "This was a chance to showcase Asian and Indigenous characters as living, breathing people. Not just in a cartoon, but in a world that truly exists, very similar to the one we live in." 

The original Avatar: The Last Airbender, which spanned three seasons and first premiered in 2005, is set in a world where "benders" have the ability to manipulate one of the four elements: water, earth, fire, or air. They belong, respectively, to the Water Tribes, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads, which existed harmoniously until the Fire Nation launched an attack that started a century-long war. The Avatar, the only person capable of mastering all four elements, is the last hope for stopping the Fire Nation. The show kicks off when Aang, the latest Avatar, emerges from an iceberg — where he lay dormant for the last hundred years — and sets out to end the war. Avatar: The Last Airbender has been celebrated by children and adults alike, and it's often praised for introducing grown-up themes in a kid-friendly way and thoughtfully drawing from Asian and Indigenous cultures. Here's everything to know about Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Gordon Cormier, Avatar: The Last Airbender

Gordon Cormier, Avatar: The Last Airbender


Avatar: The Last Airbender latest news

On Oct. 17, Netflix shared photos of the feisty Fire Nation characters. They show Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai, Paul Sun-hyung as Uncle Iroh, Elizabeth Yu as Princess Azula, and Ken Leung as Commander Zhao. 

And of course, the Fire Nation isn't complete without Prince Zuko — played by Dallas Liu in the live-action adaptation.

Dallas Liu, Avatar: The Last Airbender

Dallas Liu, Avatar: The Last Airbender


Avatar: The Last Airbender first look

Netflix dropped the first look images for Avatar: The Last Airbender at Tudum: A Global Fan Event on June 17. We at last got to see our lead actors in character, including Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, and Liu as Zuko.

When is Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender coming out?

Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender is set to premiere in 2024. 

Avatar: The Last Airbender cast

Gordon Cormier stars as Aang, the 12-year-old Avatar who is an expert airbender and the one destined to master the other three elements to restore peace. Aang is joined on his journey by Water Tribe siblings Katara and Sokka, who will be played by Kiawentiio and Ian Ousley, respectively. Katara is a waterbender eager to sharpen her skills, while Sokka is her older brother, who's determined to become a fierce warrior. Dallas Liu will star as Zuko, the banished prince of the Fire Nation who believes the only way to reclaim his honor is to capture the Avatar.

Daniel Dae Kim joins the cast as Fire Lord Ozai, father of Zuko and leader of the Fire Nation driven by his thirst to conquer all nations. Paul Sun-Hyung stars as Uncle Iroh, a retired general of the Fire Nation and the mentor who trains his nephew Zuko in firebending. Another firebender is seasoned military officer Commander Zhao, who will be played by Ken Leung. Netflix also announced Lim Kay Siu as Gyatso, a powerful force in the Air Nomads who is a father figure to Aang. 

The live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender also features Elizabeth Yu as Azula, a princess in the Fire Nation hungry to become heir to the throne. Maria Zhang will play Suki, who leads a formidable organization of female fighters called Kyoshi Warriors. The group is named after the legendary Avatar Kyoshi, played by Yvonne Chapman. Tamlyn Tomita stars as Yukari, Suki's mother and the mayor of their village on Kyoshi Island. And Casey Camp-Horinek stars as Gran Gran, Katara and Sokka's grandmother and the matriarch of the Southern Water Tribe.

The cast also includes Amber Midthunder as Princess Yue, A Martinez as Pakku, Irene Bedard as Yagoda, Joel Oulette as Hahn, Nathaniel Arcand as Chief Arnook, and Meegwun Fairbrother as Avatar Kuruk. These are all characters belonging to the Water Tribe. Over at the Earth Kingdom, Arden Cho will play June, Utkarsh Ambudkar will play King Bumi, Danny Pudi will play the Mechanist, Lucian-River Chauhan will play Teo, and James Sie will play the Cabbage Merchant. 

The Fire Nation will include Momona Tamada as Ty Lee, Thalia Tran as Mai, Ruy Iskandar as Lt. Jee, Hiro Kanagawa as Fire Lord Sozin, C.S. Lee as Avatar Roku, François Chau as The Great Sage, and Ryan Mah as Lt Dang. Finally, in the Spirit World, George Takei has been cast as the voice of Koh and Randall Duk Kim as the voice of Wan Shi Tong.

Behind the scenes

In Aug. 2020, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko — co-creators of the original animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel The Legend of Korraannounced they were stepping away from the production of Netflix's live-action adaptation. The pair were first brought on board in 2018 and said they were leaving due to differences in the vision for the show. 

In addition to Albert Kim leading the project, Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore, and Michael Goi have joined as executive producers. Roseanne Liang is an executive producer and director. Goi will also direct, along with Jabbar Raisini. 

On Aug. 22, Netflix released images of Avatar: The Last Airbender's music being recorded. "Open a new chapter... Synchron Stage Orchestra and Choir bringing Avatar: The Last Airbender's score to life," the caption reads. It looks like a major production, and we can't wait to hear the music.

Where to watch Avatar: The Last Airbender

The live-action Netflix remake has not been released. But Nickelodeon's original animated series is available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Paramount+.