Today, production on Netflix’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender begins in Vancouver and runs through May 2022. Several of the teenage actors traveled to Canada over the weekend via their Instagram stories, including Ian Ousley (Sokka) and Dallas Liu (Zuko). Other previously announced cast members include Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara, and Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai. Albert Kim was announced as the show’s showrunner over the summer after the original show creators left the project. Dan Lin under his Rideback Productions will produce the series.
Now Netflix has announced several additional cast members for the roles of Uncle Iroh, Monk Gyatso, and Commander Zhao. The streaming service announced that fan-favorite Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (he/him; Kim’s Convenience, The Mandalorian) will play Uncle Iroh, a retired Fire Nation general and the wise and nurturing mentor to his hot-headed nephew, Prince Zuko. Lim Kay Siu (he/him; Anna and The King, Nightwatch) will play Gyatso, a kind and caring Air Nomad monk who is the guardian, father figure, and best friend to Aang. Ken Leung (he/him; Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Industry) will play Commander Zhao, a scheming and ambitious Fire Nation military officer who’s eager to leverage an unexpected encounter with a desperate Prince Zuko to advance his personal goals.
Avatar: The Last Airbender will stream exclusively on Netflix in 2022
— Albert Kim (@MagicBranch) November 16, 2021