Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender has started production in Vancouver, and the show will use some remarkable technology to create its fantasy world.
Netflix says it has partnered with Pixomondo Power Studio on a custom-built 84-foot, 28-foot-tall, 23,000-square-foot stage and more than 3,000 LED panels. It’s similar to the virtual sets used most famously by Disney on The Mandalorian. According to Netflix, the set allows visual effects to be performed in real time in the camera, combining multiple environments on a single scene. The company calls it “one of the largest virtual production volumes in North America.”
The forthcoming adaptation has not been without controversy; last year Avatar creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko left the project citing creative differences. Albert Kim has since taken over as showrunner. This summer, Netflix unveiled the first cast for the show, and now the company has unveiled three new roles: Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim’s Convenience) som Uncle Iroh, Ken Leung (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost) as Commander Zhao and Lim Kay Siu (Anna and the King, Night watchman) as Gyatso.
There is still nothing to say about when Avatar is expected to hit Netflix.