Netflix and Nickelodeon are bringing the magical world of Avatar: The Last Airbender back to our screens and now we know who is playing who in the live-action series.
Netflix first announced the live-action adaptation in 2018, when Avatar creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino were on board to direct the series. However, the original creators left the project due to creative differences. Now Albert Kim acts as a showrunner alongside Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore and Michael Goi.
Production takes place on a virtual stage designed and operated by Pixomondo, a visual effects studio that helped shape the world of Disney’s The Mandalorian. Netflix has named most of the stars entering the ultra-modern set, with Paul Sun-Hyung Lee being one of the newest members to the cast at the time of writing.
Read on for an overview of who’s showing up on Netflix ATLA – and don’t forget to bookmark the page as we’ll be updating this article with additional casting messages.
Netflix Avatar: The Last Airbender Cast
Gordon Cormier as Aang
First and foremost, Gordon Cormier, in the role of Aang, also known as the protagonist of Nickelodeon’s original animated series, has joined the cast of the live-action series. The character is described as a “fearless and fun-loving twelve-year-old who happens to be the Avatar, the master of all four elements and the guardian of balance and peace in the world”.
Cormier, who you may know from the 2020 Stephen King miniseries The Stand, hit the Avatar casting news his Instagram account As early as August, it was first announced that he would play the reluctant hero of the series, who is struggling “to cope with the burden of his duties while holding onto his adventurous and playful nature”.
Kiawentiio as Katara
Aang will have a few friends to help out with his assignments, including Katara, played by Kiawentiio – an actress who rose to fame in 2019 when she was cast with an E as Ka’kwet in Anne. Now she is going to be aang. join in and the rest of the gang in the live action avatar series where they team up to save the world by defeating Ozai.
14-year-old Katara is described as a “determined and hopeful waterbender”, the last in the small village where she and her brother Sokka grew up. She may only be young, but unfortunately she has “already gone through great personal tragedies that have prevented her from realizing her true potential, although it has never tarnished her warm and caring spirit.”
Ian Ousley as Sokka
It’s Ian Ousley, who starred as the sardonic and resourceful 16-year-old brother of Katara on the live-action Netflix series. The rising star has a handful of actor credits to his name, though his most notable role is likely that of Robby Corman in Netflix 13 Reasons Why, despite only appearing in three episodes of the teen drama.
As a character, Sokka is outwardly confident, even cheeky, which sometimes leads to some silly moments, but he also “takes his responsibility as the leader of his tribe seriously, despite his inner doubts about his martial skills”. A fan-favorite character from the original series, he provides comedic relief with his wit and dry sense of humor.
Dallas Liu as Zuko
In addition to this trio, it was announced back in August that Dallas Liu had signed up for the role of Zuko in the series in which he roams the world in exile. Liu’s acting career is on the rise, most recently as Ruihua, the younger brother of Awkwafinas Katy, in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
A skilled firebender and the intense and guarded Crown Prince of the Fire Nation, Liu will no doubt show off his martial arts in the upcoming Netflix series in which he is allegedly on “an obsessive quest for the Avatar” because he believes that the only way to reclaim his life is and to meet the demands of his cruel and controlling father, the Fire Lord. “
Daniel Dae Kim as Ozai
Next, the Netflix series Avatar: The Last Airbender found its fire lord in Daniel Dae Kim, who, among many other actors, is known for his roles as Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost and Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0. Kim also has experience in the world of Avatar, voicing General Fond on an episode of the original show as well as in a video game adaptation.
Netflix revealed that Kim is a regular on the series, saying his character, Ozai, the ruler of the Fire Nation, “demands that everyone live up to his impossible standards, especially his teenage son, Prince Zuko. Ozai’s drive to conquer and unite the world under the rule of the Firebenders is a familial burden – he believes it is his destiny to end a war started by his ancestors. “
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Uncle Iroh
As filming for the series began, Netflix announced three new cast members, including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Uncle Iroh. Lee is best known as the family patriarch Appa on the Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience. He also guest starred as Rebel pilot Captain Carson Teva in two episodes of The Mandalorian.
In Avatar, Lee plays Iroh, a guardian and father figure to the often hot-headed Prince Zuko after his exile from the Fire Nation. Iroh played a major role in the original series and quickly became one of the series’ most popular characters. He is a wise, good-natured and spiritual man, although he was once feared as a skillful general.
Lim Kay Siu as Gyatso
Additionally, Lim Kay Siu joined the cast to portray Avatar Aang’s kind and caring mentor, Gyatso. The Singaporean character actor has appeared in several films and television shows since making his acting debut in the 1980s. He played the role of villain Mao Yixin in The Night’s Watch in 1995 and also played Prince Chowfa in Anna and the King in 1999.
Throughout the animated series, Gyatso has a very close bond with Aang and sees himself as more than just a mentor for him, as he also takes on the role of guardian, father figure and best friend. They spend their days practicing airbending together as part of Avatar Training, although they always find time for fun and games outside of these classes.
Ken Leung as Zhao
Commander Zhao is portrayed by Ken Leung, who played criminal mastermind Sang alongside Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker during rush hour before he was picked up for several other mainstream features. His notable roles include starring as Miles Straume in Lost, Detective Steven Sing in Saw, and Admiral Statura in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Zhao was a scheming and ambitious opponent of Team Avatar in most of the events leading up to its siege of the Northern Water Tribe. In the Netflix series, he will cause trouble again as the Fire Nation military officer is said to endeavor to use an unexpected encounter with a desperate Prince Zuko to achieve his personal goals.
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Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.