Canadian Actors Spotlighted in First Look at Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Series

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Gordon Cormier, Kiawentiio and Ian Ousley headline the cast

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BY Ben OkazawaPublished Oct 18, 2023

Netflix just shared a first look at the largely Canadian cast of their upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation, due to arrive on the streaming platform in 2024. 

Following the disaster that was M. Night Shyamalan's 2010 live-action feature film adaptation titled The Last Airbender, fans of the original series have been wary of getting their hopes up about Netflix's upcoming series.

But, upon seeing the stills of the cast, several people took to the comments to express their excitement for the show.

​Where the 2010 adaptation was heavily criticized for casting white actors in Asian roles, the new series is being applauded for making representation a priority.

"This looks WAY more promising than that-which-must-not-be-named," wrote one, referring to the live-action movie.

Alongside clapping emojis, another commenter wrote, "Yay, finally the Asian representation we need."

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Appa in Kim's Convenience) is the most recognizable Canadian face in the stills, joined by fellow Toronto actor Ian Ousley as Sokka, Vancouver's Gordon Cormier as the titular Avatar Aang and Akwesasne Mohawk actress Kiawentiio as Katara. 

Daniel Dae Kim, Ken Leung, Dallas Liu and Elizabeth Yu round out the remainder of the main cast. 

Check out RepresentAsian Project's full gallery of first-look cast images from Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender

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