Joey King Responds to Rumors That She Auditioned for Katara in "Avatar: The Last Airbender" Reboot

Tamara Fuentes
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From Seventeen

Joey King has been getting into hot water on Twitter a lot lately and her latest controversy has to do with Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series.

Just a couple of days after she deleted a tweet after being called out by fans, Joey King went private on her account and revealed that she had no plans to audition for the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation that is currently in production. Many fans were tweeting out a rumor that she had been cast as various characters, particularly Katara.

"I have no involvement in this project and didn't know this project even existed until I logged onto twitter today and my timeline was flooded with these rumors. I do not believe a white woman should play a character of color. Not me or any white woman for that matter."

The rumors were sparked by the recent news that the two original co-creators of the animated series, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, were leaving production on the Netflix's live-action reboot due to creative differences. Many fans believed it to be a sign that the show would be headed in the same direction as the live-action film, which had been criticized for its bad writing and white-washing.

Other high-profile Netflix actors have also been jokingly linked to the project including Noah Centineo and Dylan Minnette.

After the Michael and Bryan revealed they were leaving the project, Netflix announced that Dan Lin will be producing the series. Many fans were quick to point out that Dan was a producer on the live-action Death Note film that Netflix also released. The film was called out by fans for white-washing, as it took place in the United States instead of Japan, and for changing the original story.

Official casting and a release date has yet to be announced.

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