The upcoming live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender is getting some big names added to the already talented cast. Arden Cho, George Takei, Momona Tamada and more have joined the ranks of the highly anticipated show.
Showrunner Albert Kim said the adaptation would be “a chance to showcase Asian and Indigenous characters as living, breathing people. Not just in a cartoon, but in a world that truly exists, very similar to the one we live in.”
The previously announced cast members include Gordon Cormier (Aang), Kiawentiio (Katara), Ian Ousley (Sokka), Dallas Liu (Zuko), Elizabeth Yu (Azula), Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Iroh), Daniel Dae Kim (Fire Lord Ozai), Maria Zhang (Suki), Tamlyn Tomita (Yukari), Yvonne Chapman (Avatar Kyoshi) and Casey Camp-Horinek (Gran Gran). With a surge of new actors, you can get to know them and their characters better below.
Amber Midthunder (she/her; Prey, Roswell) as Princess Yue:
The compassionate spiritual leader of the Northern Water Tribe.
A Martinez (he/him; Cowboy Bebop, Ambulance) as Pakku:
The veteran waterbending master of the Northern Water Tribe and a fierce defender of their traditions.
Irene Bedard (she/her; Pocahontas, The Stand) as Yagoda:
An empathetic healer who serves as a role model for her tribe’s female waterbenders.
Joel Oulette (he/him; Trickster, Ruby and the Well) as Hahn:
A strong and skilled warrior with unwavering loyalty to his tribe.
Nathaniel Arcand (he/him; Heartland, FBI: Most Wanted) as Chief Arnook:
Father to Princess Yue and the respected leader of their tribe.
Meegwun Fairbrother (he/him; Burden of Truth, Mohawk Girls) as Avatar Kuruk:
A previous Avatar with a haunted past.
Arden Cho (she/her) as June:
A tough and persistent bounty hunter known for her ruthless efficiency.
Utkarsh Ambudkar (he/him; Ghosts, World’s Best) as King Bumi:
The ancient and mercurial ruler of the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu.
Danny Pudi (he/him; Mythic Quest, Corner Office) as the Mechanist:
An eccentric inventor and engineer doing his best to raise his son in a war-torn world.
Lucian-River Chauhan (he/him, Encounter, Heartland) as Teo:
The idealistic and high-flying son of the Mechanist.
James Sie (he/him; Stillwater) as the Cabbage Merchant:
A long-suffering vegetable vendor in Omashu.
Momona Tamada (she/her; Secret Headquarters, One: Thunder God’s Tale) as Ty Lee:
An energetic and upbeat teen and one of Princess Azula’s best friends.
Thalia Tran (she/her; Raya and the Last Dragon, Little) as Mai:
An unflappable and deadpan teen who, along with Ty Lee, is one of Princess Azula’s closest allies.
Ruy Iskandar (he/him; Yes Day, Benders) as Lt. Jee:
The first officer of Prince Zuko’s ship.
Hiro Kanagawa (he/him; Altered Carbon, The Man in the High Castle) as Fire Lord Sozin:
The ruthless and ambitious previous ruler of the Fire Nation and grandfather of Fire Lord Ozai.
C.S. Lee (he/him; Dexter, Warrior) as Avatar Roku:
A wise and benevolent past Avatar from the Fire Nation.
François Chau (he/him; The Expanse, American Gigolo) as The Great Sage:
The venerated spiritual leader of the Fire Nation and guardian of Avatar Roku’s shrine.
Ryan Mah (he/him; The Good Doctor, Snowpiercer) as Lt. Dang:
Commander Zhao’s second-in-command.
George Takei (he/him; Star Trek, Resident Alien) as the voice of Koh:
An ancient, predatory spirit.
Randall Duk Kim (he/him; Kung Fu Panda, John Wick) as the voice of Wan Shi Tong:
Appears in the form of a giant owl and is also known as the Spirit of Knowledge.
The live-action adaption of the animated Nickelodeon series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is brought to you by showrunner Albert Kim, Rideback’s Dan Lin and Lindsey Liberatore, and Michael Goi. Additionally, this project is helmed by directors Goi, co-executive producer Roseanne Liang, Jabbar Raisani and Jet Wilkinson.
The cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender is shaping up to be one of the most diverse ensembles on television. This adaptation is a must-see event with an all-star team behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Will you be watching?