Avatar: The Last Airbender – live action cast announcements

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Familiar faces will include a Community star and a classic Star Trek legend. 

As part of the recent Netflix TUDUM event, a whole host of names were added to the expansive cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The upcoming live-action adaptation, based on the popular animated series, takes place in a fantasy world of four nations – each who have power over one of the elements: the Water tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation and the Air Nomads.

The story takes place a century after the Fire Nation plunged the world into war. It follows the story of Aang, an airbender, who discovers he’s an Avatar and able to control all four elements.

The live-action cast

We already know a number of key cast members, including Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-O) and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim’s Convenience, The Mandalorian). Now, Netflix have provided a new roster of additions. Of the many names, we spotted a few of CultBox favourites:

Amber Midthunder (Prey) as Princess Yue – Water Tribe

The compassionate spiritual leader of the Northern Water Tribe.

Danny Pudi (Community) as The Mechanist – Earth Kingdom

An eccentric inventor and engineer who’s doing his best to raise his son in a war-torn world.

George Takei (Star Trek) as the voice of Koh – Spirit World

The announcement simply describes his role as is role as an ancient, predatory spirit.

Speaking about the show, showrunner Albert Kim describes it as “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.”

If you want to see the full list, check out Netflix’s announcement. We’ll keep you posted on Avatar: The Last Airbender as we hear more.