Netflix’s live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series is rounding out its cast. The show just added Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Lim Kay Siu, and Ken Leung.
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
The most significant of these casting announcements is Lee. He will play fan-favorite ATLA character Uncle Iroh. The retired Fire Nation general serves as a wise and nurturing mentor to his hot-headed nephew, Prince Zuko (Dallas Liu).
As a big fan of Lee’s, I’m personally marking this one down as “perfect casting” already. (Also, shout out to the Kim’s Convenience cast for making big Hollywood moves.)
Kay Siu Lim
Lim will play Gyatso, an Air Nomad monk. Gyatso served as guardian and father-figure to Aang (Gordon Cormier).
Lim is known for his roles in Anna and the King and Cyber Wars.
Leung will play Commander Zhao. The scheming and ambitious Fire Nation military officer is eager to leverage an unexpected encounter with a desperate Prince Zuko to advance his personal goals.
Leung recently appeared in M. Night Shyamalan’s Old, and previously starred in Lost and The Blacklist.
The three actors join the previously announced core cast, which includes Cormier, Liu, Ian Ousley (Sokka) and Kiawentiio (Katara).
In addition to the casting, Netflix also revealed it would partner with Pixmondo for the upcoming series. Netflix previously used Pixmondo’s custom-built facility to work on The Midnight Sky, and it also housed Disney’s The Mandalorian. The virtual production stage allows for visual effects to be done in real time.
“We’re thrilled to start production on this incredible project, and we’re especially excited to work with the technology-benders at PXO to create the wondrous world of Avatar: The Last Airbender using the most advanced techniques available to filmmakers anywhere in the world,” said showrunner Albert Kim.
Avatar: The Last Airbender has officially begun production in Vancouver.
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