After years of waiting and anticipation, Avatar: The Last Airbender has officially made the jump from critically-acclaimed animated series to Netflix live-action series.
The new trailer from the upcoming series shows that the series will be a far cry from the panned, M. Night Shyamalan-directed film from 2010. For one, the characters are appropriately cast as Asian and Indigenous actors, including Daniel Dae Kim as an intimidating Lord Ozai. The trailer also seems more faithful to the animated series in other ways, such as explosive fighting and appropriate special effects. Overall, the trailer might put hardcore fans at ease that their favorite show is being taken care of.
The official description also gives fans hope that the series will be as faithful as possible to the animated series, with the description’s first sentence echoing the beginning statement heard in every Avatar episode.
According to the official description:
Water. Earth. Fire. Air. The four nations once lived in harmony, with the Avatar, master of all four elements, keeping peace between them. But everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked and wiped out the Air Nomads, the first step taken by the firebenders towards conquering the world. With the current incarnation of the Avatar yet to emerge, the world has lost hope.
But like a light in the darkness, hope springs forth when Aang (Gordon Cormier), a young Air Nomad — and the last of his kind — reawakens to take his rightful place as the next Avatar. Alongside his newfound friends Sokka (Ian Ousley) and Katara (Kiawentiio), siblings and members of the Southern Water Tribe, Aang embarks on a fantastical, action-packed quest to save the world and fight back against the fearsome onslaught of Fire Lord Ozai (Daniel Dae Kim). But with a driven Crown Prince Zuko (Dallas Liu) determined to capture them, it won’t be an easy task. They’ll need the help of the many allies and colorful characters they meet along the way.
The series also stars Elizabeth Yu, Ken Leung and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee.
Albert Kim serves as executive producer and showrunner. Other executive producers include Jabbar Raisani, Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore and Michael Goi.
The series comes to Netflix Feb. 22.