Details from the Netflix live adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender Surface, revealing some major changes to Aang’s backstory.
Since the departure of Avatar, the last airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko in 2020, little news has been released about the Netflix live-action adaptation. That changed recently when plot and character descriptions came up.
Supposedly acquired by The GWW, the descriptions have broad similarities to the overall plot of the beloved animated series, but they possess great differences when it comes to the characters. Aang must still defeat Fire Lord Ozai and save the world from the forces of the Fire Nation, but his backstory seems to have changed: “Adopted at birth, Aang has struggled with questions about how he fits in. But his loving parents have It’s hard to make him feel accepted. Aang has grown up to become generous, caring, and cheerful. Aang had also been gifted with incredible mystical power. He doesn’t really understand it, but it could be the key to saving the world from global conflict. It is a responsibility that he is reluctant to accept because it will alienate him from his family, friends and everything he knows. “
For the casting, Netflix is reportedly looking for a Southeast Asian or South Asian man in his mid-12s to play Aang. Other characters are also mentioned. The streaming giant is looking for Native American actors to play Katara and Sokka, who will be 14 and 16, respectively; and an Asian man in his mid-17s to play Zuko.
While each character’s personality seems to mirror their animated counterparts, clear changes have been made. The story of Sokka and Katara’s mother, for example, no longer involves a Fire Nation raid, but rather a mysterious supernatural event.
Zuko’s description, meanwhile, does not explicitly mention the banishment and it is stated that his central conflict is one between his militaristic upbringing and his good-hearted nature. Furthermore, the context of her enmity with Aang has also changed. The description reads: “When Zuko discovers that he has developed mysterious powers and is competing with Aang for a key role in his project, Zuko’s father tells him to stop at nothing to win. And if he doesn’t, he shouldn’t bother. to come home. “
Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko announced their departure from the series in August 2020, suggesting that creative differences forced them to leave the project. DiMartino stated on his Facebook page that “Whatever version ends up on the screen, it will not be the one Bryan and I had envisioned or planned to do.”
Earlier this year, both creators were named co-creative heads of Avatar Studios, a division of Nickelodeon dedicated to producing more content set in the world of Avatar, the last airbender and its sequel series, The Legend of Korra. Along with the launch of Avatar Studios came the announcement of an animated feature film, the details of which have yet to be revealed.
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