Netflix Announces Major Casting News for Avatar: The Last Airbender

By Rebecca Theodore-Vachon 

Netflix has unveiled its latest cast additions for the highly anticipated Avatar: The Last Airbender live series.

Executive producer and showrunner Albert Kim in a statement from Netflix said the live action-adaption is “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.”

New cast members include Amber Midthunder (Prey, Roswell) as Princess Yue, A Martinez (Cowboy Bebop) as Pakku, Irene Bedard (The Stand) as Yagoda, Joel Oulette as Hahn, Arden Cho (Partner Track) as June, Utkarsh Ambudkar as King Bumi, Danny Pudi as The Mechanist and George Takei as the voice of Koh, an ancient predatory spirit.


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).

The original animated series was co-created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko with Aaron Ehasz as head writer and aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons from 2005-2008. The series was set in a world of four nations, named after the four elements: The Water Tribes, The Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation and the Air Nomads.

Avatar: The Last Airbender centered Aang, the current Avatar and last survivor of his nation, the Air Nomads, and his friends Katara, Sokka and Toph, who worked together to end the Fire Nation’s war for control of the world.

See the new cast members here: