Production begins on Netflix’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender” live-action series


It’s time for Netflix’s live-action adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” – Nickelodeon’s hit animated series – as it kicks off production in Vancouver.

And to add some hype to the announcement, it was also revealed that the series will use notable technology to create its fantasy world.

According to a report in Verge, Netflix said it had partnered with effects studio Pixomondo to create a custom installation that was 84 feet wide, 28 feet high, and featured 23,000 square feet of stage and over 3 000 LED panels. It is similar to the most famous virtual sets used by Disney in “The Mandalorian”.

According to Netflix, the set “makes it possible to create visual effects in real time behind closed doors, by combining several environments on a single scene.” The company calls it “one of the highest volumes of virtual production in North America.”

The upcoming adaptation was not without controversy; last year, Avatar creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko left the project citing creative differences. Albert Kim (“Sleepy Hollow”, “Nikita”) has since taken over as showrunner.

This summer, Netflix revealed the show’s initial cast – Gordon cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, and Dallas Liu as Zuko.

Now the company has revealed three new roles: Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (“Kim’s Convenience”) as Uncle Iroh, Ken Leung (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Lost”) as Commander Zhao and Lim Kay Siu (‘Anna and the King’, ‘Nightwatch’) as Gyatso.

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