Wired got first dibs on information that Steven Yeun aka Glenn from The Walking Dead has been cast as the First Avatar, Wan, in Book 2: Spirits. Yeun's character will appear in a two-parter sometime in the middle of the season. The episodes will be called, "Beginnings Part 1 & 2".
The story will take place 10,000 years before the events of The Legend of Korra and show how Wan was the first Avatar, mastering all four elements and bringing balance between human and spirit worlds.
As for why Yeun was cast, Legend of Korra co-creator and executive producer Bryan Konietzko said this:
“Steve’s vocal quality and acting can range from an innocent, naïve young man, to a trickster anti-hero, and all the way to a full-fledged action hero,” said Konietzko. ”And in each take, he made Wan really human and relatable, despite the mythic setting of his tale.”
While Avatar: The Last Airbender established a long tradition of Avatars that stretched indefinitely into history, this will be our first look at the first person to take on (or create) the mantle of the Avatar, a reincarnated role that passes to one person in each generation to serve as the human incarnation of the planet.
These episodes will also mark a significant stylistic departure from the usual aesthetics of Legend of Korra. ”To depict the world in Wan’s time, the creative team drew inspiration from ancient and traditional East Asian ink wash paintings and woodblock prints for the environments, color palettes, and stylizations of the elements,” said a Nickelodeon representative. “The results expand the vision of the Avatar world, but also stay very true to the building blocks of its visual influence.”
The Legend of Korra WILL have a panel at SDCC tomorrow at 11:15 am, so get ready for A TON of news to break at 3:15 pm Eastern.