We’re less than a month away from the release of Netflix’s live-action rendition of the beloved animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. The lead-up to the show’s premiere has been one of cautious excitement, given that many fans still have a bad taste in their mouths from the M. Night Shyamalan iteration, and the news that the creators of the animated series left the Netflix project over creative differences.
The trailer today appears to at least assuage worries that the new series would veer away from the original one. Several scenes in this clip mirror moments from the animated show, giving some fans at least (it’s me, I’m the fan) a feeling of déjà vu when viewing. Appa and Momo also look pretty great, which is no small feat given the adaptation of magical animated characters to live-action productions doesn’t always go so well—just ask the creative team on the Sonic: The Hedgehog movies.
The casting here all looks fantastic as well, and the actors—including Gordon Cormier, who plays Aang—are also optimistic that fans, new and old, will enjoy the new show.
“Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action I feel like is going to bring everything you know and love about the original series back to life,” Cormier said during a fan event in Brazil earlier this year. “And hopefully [it will] just bring a bunch of new fans who have never heard [of] the show before into this universe, and to me that’s pretty exciting. I’m a fan of the show personally, and I’m just as excited for this as you guys are.”
If you’re one of those potential new fans, here’s the official synopsis of the show:
All episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender premieres on Netflix on February 22, 2024.