Avatar: The Last Airbender is obtaining one more chance at a live-action adjustment, with Netflix producing a brand-new TELEVISION program based upon the precious Nickelodeon dream collection. Of the lots of points that M. Night Shyamalan's 2010 movie was slammed for, spreading was high up on the checklist, with white stars cast in the duties of major personalities Aang, Katara, and also Sokka.
Built around the imaginary Four Nations – standing for Earth, Wind, Fire, and also Water – Avatar: The Last Airbender's globe is greatly influenced by Asian society and also approach. Aang, the titular Avatar and also last Airbender, techniques Buddhism and also matured in the Air Temples, which are based upon Buddhist abbeys. The overcoming Fire Nation is mainly based upon Imperial Japan, while the unwavering Earth Kingdom attracts a certain impact from China. Meanwhile, the Northern and also Southern Water Tribes are based upon Inuit cultures and also society.
Avatar: The Last Airbender's spreading will certainly include a variety of obstacles. For instance, there are a great deal of Water Tribes duties to cast and also a minimal variety of Inuit stars in the movie sector. The major personalities are additionally most likely to be matured up from their very early teenagers to late teenagers, to stay clear of the restrictions put on kid stars' functioning hrs and also the sensible problem of extremely young stars significantly maturing in between periods. With all that in mind, right here are our ideas for several of the stars that can play the greatest duties in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
If any kind of personality is to be maintained to a comparable age as the computer-animated collection, it must most likely be Aang. The young Airbender escaped from the obligations of the Avatar because of his young age, mistakenly leaving the globe susceptible to the occupation of the Air Nation. Aang's childish excitement and also positive outlook is essential to his personality, and also his trip to finish his Avatar training is a quintessential coming-of-age tale. With ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat just recently having had its collection ending, the timing is ideal for young celebrity Ian Chen to go on to a brand-new collection. Chen played Evan Huang, the “baby” of the Huang family members, as well as additionally showed up in DC motion picture Shazam! as Billy Batson's foster sibling, Eugene Choi.
Katara is the only staying waterbender in the Southern Water Tribe, and also leaves the only house she's ever before recognized to take a trip the globe with Aang. Inuk starlet Anna Lambe, that stars in the forthcoming sporting activities dramatization The Grizzlies, can be perfect if Netflix is looking for to cast a newbie in the duty. Auli'i Cravalho, that made her launching as the voice of the titular personality in Disney's Moana, revealed her abilities as a live-action entertainer in the NBC music dramatization Rise. And Isabela Moner, that played Dora the Explorer in the current live-action motion picture and also Izabella in Transformers: The Last Knight, has a tried and tested ability for playing endure women's personalities in action-adventure duties.
Sokka is Katara's older sibling: a boomerang-flinging Water Tribe warrior that's usually made use of for comic alleviation, however is additionally endure and also scrappy in a fight – despite his lack of bending abilities. Forrest Goodluck, who played Hawk in the Oscar-winning drama The Revenant could be a good fit for the role. If Netflix looks to cast a little younger with its Avatar: The Last Airbender series, The Letter For The King star Amir Wilson could play the role. Alternatively, an older Sokka could be played by Booboo Stewart, who is known for his roles in the Twilight movies and also for playing Warpath in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
There's an opportunity to keep things in the Avatar family with Toph's casting. Ella Jay Basco, that recently played Cassandra Cain in Birds of Prey, is the niece of Dante Basco, who voiced Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender. She demonstrated a talent for both comedy and action and can be great in the role of fearless Earthbender Toph. Another possibility is Lana Condor, the star of Netflix's To All The Boys movies, who could have a lot of fun pulling off both Toph's toughness and her “helpless blind girl” act. And Shioli Kutsuna stole audiences' hearts with just a few bubbly greetings of “Hi, Wade!” as Yukio in Deadpool 2, but also demonstrated her darker side in the 2018 yakuza movie The Outsider.
Perhaps the most crucial bit of casting in Avatar: The Last Airbender, besides Aang himself, is Aang's nemesis-turned ally – Prince Zuko. This brooding, scar-faced Byronic hero is the son of Fire Lord Ozai, who is determined to capture the Avatar at any cost, and so whoever plays him will need to deliver intensity. Justin H. Min, who recently starred in Netflix series The Umbrella Academy as the ghostly Ben Hargreeves, could be great in the role of the Fire Nation's angry exiled prince. Netflix could also turn to another one of its recent releases, Never Have I Ever, whose romantic lead Darren Barnet stole hearts as school jock Paxton Hall-Yoshida. Another possibility is Ryan Potter, who voiced Hiro Hamada in Big Hero 6 and more recently played Beast Boy in DC Universe's Titans.
Zuko's actual father in Avatar: The Last Airbender is pretty terrible, but he does have a close father figure in the form of his Uncle Iroh. Once a general who conquered cities, Iroh was devastated by the loss of his only son and gave up the throne in favor of a quieter life as Zuko's guardian and adviser. Martial arts movie legend Sammo Hung, who helped define Hong Kong cinema in the 1980s and more recently co-starred in the Ip Man movies, would be a great get for this role. Actor and director Jiang Wen, best known to Western audiences for playing Baze Malbus in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, would also be an excellent suitable for wise Uncle Iroh. And while Hiroyuki Sanada typically plays more serious characters, like Lord Shingen in The Wolverine and Musashi in Westworld, it could be interesting to see him taking on a more light-hearted duty