Avatar: The Last Airbender Will Be Adapted Into a Live-Action Movie

Avatar The Last Airbender is a popular anime series that focuses on characters who control elements of the world through telekinesie. They are able to manipulate the four elements of earth, water, fire and air via a technique called bending.

Jenny Tapia
February 4, 2023 6:00 PM

Fans of Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series will soon have a chance to see their beloved characters in a live-action movie. This is due to the success of the franchise, which started with the show in 2005 and continued through a sequel television series, The Legend of Korra.

Gordon Cormier

One of the cast members for Avatar The Last Airbender's animated film 'Echoes and Aftershocks' is Gordon Cormier, a 12-year-old Filipino-Canadian actor. He has previously starred in two short films and recurred on Stephen King's adaptation of 'The Stand.'

Cormier will be playing Aang, the destined heir to the Avatar bending art. He's a young boy who has to learn how to use all of the bending arts before he can step up to his responsibilities as the Avatar.

The other characters include Kiawentiio Tarbell (Anne with an E) as Katara, Ian Ousley (13 Reasons Why) as Sokka, Dallas Liu (Shang-Chi) as Zuko, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (The Mandalorian) as Uncle Iroh and Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai.

Besides acting, Gordon is also an avid skateboarder. He loves to get outside and spend time with his friends and family. He also enjoys basketball and hopes to someday play competitively.

Kiawentiio Tarbell

Kiawentiio Tarbell is one of the cast members that will be playing Katara in Avatar The Last Airbender. She is an indigenous girl of the Mohawk tribe, and a native of Akwesasne, Canada.

In this series, Tarbell will be playing Katara, a waterbender and voice of reason within the Aang gang. Her casting has received praise from fans, particularly her ability to accurately replicate her character’s voice and mannerisms.

Gordon Cormier will play Aang, an air-bending boy who travels across the continents to save his people. The Filipino-Canadian actor is best known for his role in Lost in Space and Paramount+’s The Stand.

Ian Ousley will be Sokka, Katara’s brother. The 19-year-old actor is also a familiar face to Netflix and Apple TV+ audiences thanks to his work on 13 Reasons Why and Physical.

Dallas Liu will be Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation, and he is a Chinese-Indonesian actor with an extensive background in movies and television. Other cast members include Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Uncle Iroh and Maria Zhang as Suki.

Ian Ousley

Aang, Katara and Sokka are among the series’ most popular characters, so it makes sense that Netflix is bringing them to life in live-action form. The production previously cast Gordon Cormier in the lead role of Aang and Kiawentiio Tarbell as Katara, but recently added Ian Ousley to play Sokka.

However, some fans have questioned whether or not Ousley is actually of Cherokee heritage. This has caused many to question his role in the series, especially given that he was listed as a member of the Southern Cherokee Tribe on the casting call.

While this information has yet to be confirmed by Avatar Studios or Paramount+, it is something to keep an eye out for as the company prepares its first animated film for release in October of 2025.

Dallas James Liu

The live-action reimagining of Avatar: The Last Airbender has just cast a fan favorite voice actor for one of its recurring characters. Actor James Sie will reprise his role as Cabbage Merchant, a vegetable vendor in the Fire Nation that makes some really annoying sounds.

As fans of the original animated series may know, Cabbage Merchant only made a single appearance in the first season but it was one of their most beloved characters. So it comes as no surprise that the show is going to make an exception for the actor.

Dallas Liu is a rising star in the world of film and TV who's recently appeared in Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings. He's also a martial arts world champion.


Jenny Tapia

Jenny Tapia is an anime lover and writer from New York City. She has been an avid fan of anime since she was a child, and her passion only grew as she got older. She has written countless articles and reviews on anime, manga, and other related topics. She has also written and edited scripts for various animated series. Her love for anime and knowledge of the medium have made her an invaluable asset to any project she takes part in. She is always looking to further her understanding and knowledge of the medium, and she is always excited to share her enthusiasm with other fans.

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