If I could have gotten the rights to shoot the Avatar the Last Airbender film
, this is how I would have done it.
First, we need a whole recast.
I would try my best to get these people to act in the film. And if they can't speak English, I would just hire voice actors and dub their lines. Of course I didn't account for their height. That could potentially be a problem.
But maybe we can solve that by shooting from an angle?
Second, I'd hire a great choreographer
. Someone who knows their martial arts. And many, many stunt men
, because we want the fight scenes to look real. And obviously I'd get a bunch of co-directors
who had worked with actors before.
Third, we would need a competent team of costume designers
, capable of making the clothes and hairstyles resemble those of the cartoon. We'd also need serious make-up artists
, for the battle paint and the wounds, and to make Zuko's scar look real scary.
Then we'd need a team to construct the set
, with real looking props
. And we'd need a good graphics coordinator
Fourth, I would scrap
a lot of the unimportant stuff that came up in the cartoon. I'd only keep the scenes that actually moved the plot forward, and try to relate them in as little screen time as possible. The Fortuneteller and Meng would go, Song would go, that episode where Aang goes to a Fire Nation school would go. The Bumi episodes would be much, much shorter. The Great Divide episode would be scrapped. The Northern Air Temple episode would focus primarily on the invention of the air ship. The Avatar Day episode would go, the Serpent's pass episode would either be trimmed down or scrapped completely, and The Drill episode would be cut (because that is not how Azula and her friends got in). The episode Sokka's Master would be cut (it's too late in the story to give Sokka any character development), the episode The Runaway would be trimmed, Nightmares and Daydreams would disappear.
So, I'd ask Prinsha Shreshta
, Nepalese supermodel, to play Katara
in this pic, I believe she looks just like her
. Of course the braces help.
Anyway, with the right directing, I think Prinsha would make a great Katara.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves.Sokka
would be played by Myanmar actor Ye Tike
He's got roughly the same facial features,
and he looks good with his hair down.Ryosuke Yamada
, Japanese actor, singer and dancer,
would make a great Aang
, in my opinion.
Of course I don't know what he'd look like shaven bald, or if he'd assent to that, but so far he definitely looks the part, and his Aang pout is adorable.
And I would ask Japanese actress Erika Toda
to play Toph
Her sweet, childlike features make her great for the job.
Look at her and tell me you don't see Toph.
Japanese actor, singer and TV host Tomohisa Yamashita
has this torn look in his eye. I think he could portray Zuko
's angst quite well with that alone. Not to mention how similar they look.
What about him doesn't immediately scream Zuko?
Despite how much I rooted (and still root) for ZuTara, Avatar ended in MaiKo, and so should the movie. So if I were to pick someone for Mai
, it would be
Japanese actress and model Maki Horikita
Not only do her cute cheekbones resemble those of Mai, but this serious pic also shows that she can definitely hold a weapon.
Now it becomes important who will star as Azula
. Well, that would be none other than South Korean actress Song Hye Kyo
I think she's perfect for the role.
And I'd love to see her evil laugh! I'm sure she can come up with something brilliantly memorable.
And who better to play Ty Lee
than South Korean actress Park Min Young
She's got the cutesy expressions down to a tee.
American actress and singer Kiersey Clemons
would make a great Princess Yue
. Of course she'd have to wear a wig.
She's beautiful enough to make Sokka fall for her at first sight. And her laugh is fresh and full, just like Princess Yue's.
American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor Trey Songz
(official name Tremain Aldon Neverson) is just perfect for the role of Yue's fiancé Hahn
. I bet Trey could reenact just that cocky attitude.
I would ask Koike Teppei
, Japanese actor and singer, to play the role of Ruon-Jian
(one of the Fire Nation guys from The Beach episode, who flirts with Mai, and then gets shoved by Zuko).
Avatar Roku's wife Ta Min
would be portrayed by Chinese actress and ballerina Liu Shi Shi
I also feel like Japanese actor and film director Shun Oguri
should be in the film somehow. Perhaps he can play Admiral Zhao
, though he looks a little bit too young for that?
I mean look at him here, playing Genji Takiya. He makes a very convincing firebender. Topknot and all, ready to go. And that glare!
He could also play Chan
, the guy from The Beach episode who makes out with Azula. But I'd like to give him a bigger role.
British Indian actor Naveen Andrews
would make for a good Chief Hakoda
, if you ask me.
Only needs some fake or real dreadlocks, and he's good to go!
See that serious Dad face?
I would ask Taiwanese-Japanese actor and singer Takeshi Kaneshiro
for the role of Lord Ozai
. I think he'd nail it.
South Korean actress Choi Ji Woo
would make for a very good Lady Ursa
, Zuko and Azula's mom.
She has this soft, caring look on her face like only a mother can have.
Canadian singer-songwriter and music producer Nasri Atweh
would be awesome to have for the role of Bato
I think he'd be very capable in the acting department.
If Nasri would agree to work with us, of course.
Can you see Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno
as Zuko's not-my-girlfriend Jin
I sure can.
Her sweet smile here really captures Jin's free and outgoing personality.
And the gullible way that she instantly believes "Lee" when he makes an outrageous claim to have travelled with the Circus.
South Korean actor, former singer and model Sung Joon
would play Avatar's favorite heartthrob. The bad boy, the rebel, whose end always justifies the means, the one and only Jet
I think his glare and frizzy hair in that pic are what won me over. Plus he's used to keeping sticks in his mouth!
Hong Kong American actor Kevin Cheng
can be a great Lieutenant Jee
You know, the main officer on Zuko's ship from season one, the one Zuko is always bitch-fighting with.
Then after Lieutenant Jee becomes a non-recurring character in the second season, Kevin could play Long Feng
, and nobody would notice.
I know this is a lot to ask, but can Indian boxer Mary Kom
pleeeaase play both the young and the old Hama
She's so badass. It would be cool to see her waterbending.
The fight scene between Hama and Katara was one of the high points of the cartoon, and I think Mary could portray that scene quite well.
Ka - pow.
For the role of Suki
, I would ask Thai actress Bonkoj Khongmalai
She definitely looks the part (even more so in another picture I could not upload here). I can see her in the Kyoshi get up, firing arrows at her enemies. And, last but not least, she has proven to look good in a bathing suit,
so she'll definitely shine wearing that revealing body armor from the finale.
would be portrayed by Indian actor Allu Arjun
Long hair suits him so well. And I guess he knows it.
Japanese American youtuber and actor Ryan Higa
(better known as nigahiga) would play a comic relief Fire Navy soldier
Because the Fire Navy needs loads of comic relief.
Thai actress and singer Intira Jaroenpura
would portray June the Bountyhunter
She'd look so sexy with a whip in her hand, on top of that beast of a shirshu.
British singer-songwriter and rapper Jay Sean
(official name Kamaljit Singh Jhooti), would play The Boulder. He'd be great for the role!
Just needs to grow a goatee.
Can't be that hard, right?"Listen up, Hippo. You may be big, but you ain't bad. The Boulder is gonna win this, in a landslide!"
I'd ask American actress and singer Naya Rivera
to play an upper-class Ba Sing Se lady. Perhaps the role of Macmu Ling, the teacher of the haiku class Sokka barged in on .
American actor, screenwriter, producer, martial artist and former model Rick Yune
as Lu Ten
Me thinks the role fits him quite well
I'd ask American singer-songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo
to star as waterbender Hue
, aka The Swamp Monster!
Japanese actor and singer Yuya Tegoshi
should be Teo
He has just the cute looks an actor portraying Teo needs. I just can't think of anyone other than Yuya doing a better job on Teo.
I'd ask Thai actress Napakpapha Nakprasitte
(better known as Mamee)
to star as Joo Dee
. This toothy smile of hers definitely makes her suitable.
American singer Jasmine Marie Villegas
would have a minor role as a Water Tribe girl and maybe waterbender.
I don't know who she'd play yet, but Jasmine would definitely be in it.
I don't know whom he would portray yet, but Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao
would definitely star as a firebender!
Maybe a minor role as some officer of the Fire Nation's fleet. That defiant look in his eye and those expressions say it all -- Godfrey has it in him.
American actress Tiffany Hines
would star in it.
Perhaps as a waterbender. Maybe as Kya
, Sokka and Katara's mom. But I'd like to give her a bigger role.
I don't know in which capacity though. "Okay then, ...I guess."