Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender Adds George Takei, Amber Midthunder, and Danny Pudi to Cast

Netflix has shared the full cast list for its upcoming live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and it includes Star Trek legend George Takei. Takei will voice Koh, an ancient spirit who appears in the spirit world of Avatar. In the original cartoon, Koh can steal the face of anyone who expresses an emotion to him.

Takei also appeared in the original animated series, playing a Fire Nation Guardian in a one-time guest appearance. Her role in the new Netflix series is a little bigger, as Koh was one of the most memorable creatures from the original series.

Another big reveal from the cast is Prey’s Amber Midthunder, who will play Princess Yue, the spiritual leader of the Northern Water Tribe. Danny Pudi, who is best known for playing Abed in Community and his role in Mythic Quest, joins the production as Mechanist, described as “an eccentric inventor and engineer who does his best to raise his son in a world torn apart by war”. .”

Beyond those three names, Netflix also revealed a handful of other new actors to round out the cast:

  • A Martinez (Cowboy Bebop, Ambulance) as Pakku
  • Irene Bedard (Pocahontas, The Stand) as Yagoda
  • Joel Oulette (Trickster, Ruby and the Well) as Hahn
  • Nathaniel Arcand (Heartland, FBI: Most Wanted) as Chief Arnook
  • Meegwun Fairbrother (Burden of Truth, Mohawk Girls) as Avatar Kuruk
  • Arden Cho (Partner Track) in June
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar (Ghosts, World’s Best) as King Bumi
  • Lucian-River Chauhan (Encounter, Heartland) as Teo
  • James Sie (Stillwater) as Cabbage Merchant
  • Momona Tamada (Secret Headquarters, One: Thunder God’s Tale) as Ty Lee
  • Thalia Tran (Raya and the Last Dragon, Little) as Mai
  • Ruy Iskandar (Yes Day, Benders) as Lt. Jee
  • Hiro Kanagawa (Altered Carbon, The Man in the High Castle) as Fire Lord Sozin
  • CS Lee (Dexter, Warrior) as Avatar Roku
  • Fran├žois Chau (The Expanse, American Gigolo) as the Great Sage
  • Ryan Mah (The Good Doctor, Snowpiercer) as Lieutenant Dang
  • Randall Duk Kim (Kung Fu Panda, John Wick) as the voice of Wan Shi Tong

These new additions join previously revealed cast members, which include Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, Dallas Liu as Zuko, Elizabeth Yu as Azula, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Iroh, Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai, Maria Zhang as Suki, Tamlyn Tomita as Yukari, Yvonne Chapman as Avatar Kyoshi, and Casey Camp-Horinek as Gran Gran.

First announced in 2018, the Netflix adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender was originally set to be helmed by original series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino. However, the two left the project in June 2020 due to creative differences. Now Albert Kim is showrunner and executive producer, alongside Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore and Michael Goi.

For more on Avatar, check out our list of the ten best episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over six years of gaming industry experience with signings at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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