How Stranger Things Helped The Live-Action Avatar: The Last Airbender Conquer Fire

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As tricky as getting the firebending right was, it was a waterbending shot in the first season that proved to be one of the most difficult to pull off. Director/executive producer Jabbar Raisani also spoke with EW and, without giving it away, explained that they had to find a way to make water do something it doesn’t do in our world.

“It’s just doing something that water really doesn’t do. We all understand how water moves in our world. We’re purposely defying all the rules, but trying to make it look like it is obeying the rules. It’s a really hard thing to get right.”

Though the new series will not be a one-to-one adaptation, it once again follows Aang, the young Avatar, as he learns to master the four elements to restore balance to a world threatened by the terrifying Fire Nation. The creators of the animated series, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, were originally involved but departed in late 2020 over creative differences. Albert Kim (“Sleepy Hollow” ) now serves as the showrunner.

The cast for the series is led by Gordon Cormier as Aang. The ensemble includes Kiawentiio (“Rutherford Falls”), Ian Ousley (“13 Reasons Why”), Dallas Liu (“Pen15”), Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (“Kim’s Convenience”), Daniel Dae Kim (“Hawaii Five-O”), and Ken Leung (“Missing”).

“Avatar: The Last Airbender” premieres February 22, 2024 on Netflix

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