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It’s been well over a decade since Avatar: The Last Airbender first premiered on Nickelodeon, but the fanbase seems more energized than ever. This is due in part to the fact that Netflix is now housing the classic show and is presenting it in glorious high definition. Of course, the streamer is also working on a live-action adaptation of the series. Whether the show has reached the casting phase is unknown, but that hasn’t stopped one fan from shooting his shot with an amazing audition tape.
A Twitter user recently unveiled a brief audition clip for Netflix’s live-action Avatar series. In the post, he asks for his followers’ support in getting visibility for a potential role. The video itself shows him performing impressive martial arts feats, while the show’s opening narration plays. Check it out the cool clip for yourself down below:
Well, that’s certainly a way to make a major impression on the producers of the show. I don’t think anyone can deny he has the skills and a love of the show to match. You also can’t help but appreciate his creativity, as the addition of the narration and symbols is a nice touch.
Avatar: The Last Airbender fans have proven to be very passionate about the show, as many still religiously watch it and cosplay as the characters. The series has also gained new life through a new generation of fans. Unfortunately, the show’s spin-off series – The Legend of Korra – has garnered some backlash from fans, but the show has still received critical acclaim and some entities, like Netflix, have shut down detractors.
Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar was first announced back in 2018, with original creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko serving as showrunners and executive producers. With this new series, the two are aiming to adapt the series with “a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast.” This was a major point of contention when M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action film -- The Last Airbender -- hit theaters in 2010.
The show was slated to begin production in 2019 but, as mentioned, there have been few updates since the news officially broke. But it has been reported that the show’s production timeline has indeed been affected by the global health crisis. So at this point, it’s unclear as to when we might see Aang, Katara and their friends return to the small screen.
It’ll be interesting to see who the producers cast to play the fan-favorite characters. Could they go for established names or opt to hire unknown actors?
Although well-known stars could help the project, up-and-coming talent could add a freshness to the project. And it’s really hard to argue against that point when you have such great audition tapes like this one.
Who are you hoping to see join the cast of Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender? Let us know in the comments below!