The cast of the live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender has been revealed by Netflix. What their ages reveal about the new show is as follows. The cast for Netflix’s live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender has been revealed, and the stars’ ages reveal some interesting details about the show’s story. While the new show is ostensibly a direct remake of the original Nickelodeon cartoon, some events and characters will undoubtedly be altered to fit the new format.
And now that we know about Netflix’s casting choices, some of those changes are starting to show up. Overall, Netflix appears to be sticking pretty close to the original animated versions of the Avatar characters with theircharacters.
Gordon Cormier, who will play 12-year-old Aang, is currently 11 years old. Katara is 14 when the original Airbender series begins, and Kiawentiio, her new actor, is 15. At the start of Avatar: The Last Airbender , Sokka and Zuko are both around 16 years old, and their new actors, Ian Ousley and Dallas Liu, are both 19 years old. That means Netflix is not only keeping individual characters’ ages close to what they were in the cartoon, but also keeping the age gaps between them close to what they were in the cartoon.
After all, you can only make a show with a 12-year-old protagonist so gritty. That also implies that the new creative team is paying close attention to the original show, implying a higher level of devotion to the source material and key story beats all around. Albert Kim, the showrunner, has stated that his goal is to make as few changes as possible. Of course,
One of the most pressing questions among fans is whether the new show will continue the slow-burn Aang/Katara (Kataang) romance plotline from the original series, or if it will expand on the Zuko/Katara (Zutara) fandom. While it may be more difficult to create a compelling love story between a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old in live-action than in animation, the Avatar remake seems unlikely to make such a significant change. After all, doing so would make many aspects of The Legend of Korra impossible, and the original series didn’t devote nearly enough time to romance plotlines to begin with.
Aang’s coming to terms with both his trauma and his responsibility, as well as Sokka’s discovery of what it means to be a man, are largely dependent on the characters’ ages.