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Netflix is searching for blind, Asian actors to play Toph in 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' live-action

By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Jun 14, 2024 6:36 pm

Netflix has launched an audition for the role of Toph for the second season of Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series, encouraging women who are blind or have low vision to participate.

Casting director Jenny Jue posted an open casting search for Toph, who is described to be in her "mid-late teens, blind, female, and Asian."

The character is known in the original animated series to be visually impaired, yet is highly skilled in earthbending techniques.

"She is sassy, confident, and unfiltered. For most of her life, her strength and formidable earthbending skills have been suppressed, but now on the run as the Avatar's earthbending master she is uninhibited to become the fierce warrior she believes she is inside," read the casting call.

While not required, experience with dancing and martial arts are a plus.

Actors who are blind or have low vision are also encouraged to submit. 

Those who are interested in taking on the role can send an email to [email protected] with a recent picture, resume or a one-paragraph bio, as well as your name and phone number.

You can also share any lived experience with blindness or low vision if you're comfortable doing so.

"We are committed to inclusive, diverse casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers without regard to disability, race, age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis prohibited by law," the casting company stressed.

They also noted that there is never a fee for auditioning.

Netflix announced the renewal of their live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender for two more seasons in March earlier this year.

The streaming giant said the series reached 41.1 million views in the first 11 days since its debut on Feb. 22. It's No. 1 in 76 countries and in the top 10 in 92.

Avatar follows Aang (Gordon Cormier), the young Avatar, as he learns to master the four elements (Water, Earth, Fire, and Air) to restore balance to a world threatened by the terrifying Fire Nation.

Other cast members include Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as General Iroh, Ken Leung as Commander Zhao, Elizabeth Yu as Princess Azula, Dallas Liu as Prince Zuko, Kiawentiio as Katara, and Ian Ousley as Sokka.