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Live Action Uncle Iroh Cast For Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, Plus Two Other Characters

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BY November 19, 2021

When Netflix first announced that they were working on a live action Avatar: The Last Airbender series, fans were cautiously optimistic. The original creators of the series, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were on board, so it couldn’t be terrible right? Then, DiMartino and Konietzko announced that they were leaving due to “creative differences” and people really started to worry. Not another M. Night Shyamalan disaster! However, as Netflix has shared more about the series, it actually doesn’t seem bad. The casting for the four main characters (Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Zuko) looks great and they recently announced that Daniel Dae Kim (!) would be playing Fire Lord Ozai. Now there’s even more exciting news! A live action Uncle Iroh has been cast and they chose Kim’s Convenience‘s Paul Sun-Hyung!

Besides Uncle Iroh, Who Are The Other New Live Action Avatar Additions?

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Sun-Hyung, who rose to fame playing the loveable Kim family patriarch, Appa, on the Canadian hit show, Kim’s Convenience (which is also where Shang-Chi star Simu Liu got his start), is the perfect person to play Uncle Iroh in my opinion. Airbender fans love Uncle Iroh for his seemingly endless wisdom and adoration of tea and the game pai sho. He is the older brother to Fire Lord Ozai and acts as mentor to his nephew, Zuko, and is integral to helping him along a better, more peaceful path. Sun-Hyung already has the father figure down pat, so playing Uncle Iroh should be second nature!

Besides Sun-Hyung as Uncle Iroh, it was also announced that Ken Leung (Lost) will play Commander Zhao and Lim Kay Siu (Nightwatch) will play Gyatso. Commander Zhao was the Fire Nation military officer who served as the show’s first major antagonist. Gyatso was the wise Air Nomad monk who serves as Aang’s teacher 100 years before the young Avatar meets Katara and Sokka.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Is Working With Some Exciting New Technology

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As if we couldn’t get more excitement, we also learned that the series has started production and the showrunners are using some of the same VFX technology used in The Mandalorian. Netflix said:

“The state of the art stage, designed and operated by Pixomondo (“PXO”) Virtual Production, is 84 feet across and 28 feet high with 23,000 square feet of stage space and more than 3000 LED Panels, making it one of the biggest virtual production volumes in North America.”

If you want a sense of what kind of quality we’ll be getting, just know that Pixomondo won several Emmys for its VFX work on Game of Thrones and Martin Scorsese’s film, Hugo.

Sun-Hyung, Leung, and Siu join Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, Dallas Liu as Zuko, and Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai. Albert Kim will act as showrunner, executive producer and writer on the series, with Rideback’s Dan Lin and Lindsey Liberatore executive producing, along with Michael Goi. Roseanne Liang is co-executive producer. Goi, Roseanne Liang, Jabbar Raisani and Jet Wilkinson are directing.

There’s no official release date for the live-action reboot of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but you can watch the entire original series on Netflix.

What do you think of Netflix’s choice for the live action Uncle Iroh? What about Commander Zhao and Gyatso? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via Netflix

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at [email protected]

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