23 Nov 2021 7:19 PM +00:00 UTC

Avatar: The Last Airbender Star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee Gets Emotional Over Netflix's Casting

Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender recently started its production, and several cast members have been announced, including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim's Convenience), who will play Uncle Iroh in Netflix's live-action adaptation.

Lee, who's currently in Canada filming for Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender, recently did a short Q&A video for fans, and it was there, the 49-year-old actor got emotional as he talks about the show's cast and diversity.

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"There's gonna be an incredible amount of heart, and fun, and excitement to this series and I think the fans are gonna love it, he fans and people who have never seen it before. I've got a really good feeling about this," Lee said.


"Dallas Liu, playing Zuko, I am so looking forward to working with him. We had a rehearsal today and he just blew me away. Blew me away. Ian Ousley, who's playing Sokka, my God, he's gonna steal every scene he's in. He is so funny. He is so, just, for me, pitch-perfect for Sokka," Lee continued.

"The actress Kiawentiio, who plays Katara, she's a crafted actress. Gordon Cormier, who's playing Aang, is a revelation."

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"[It's] special, when you see a wall of faces that look like your own. It's amazing. It's amazing. And with something like [Avatar: The Last Airbender], you can't go any other way. You can't. And there's that deep consideration when it comes to casting. And everybody that's up on that wall, it's not just because of the color of their skin. They're all accomplished actors. It's incredible."

You can watch the clip from Lee's Q&A below:

Showrunner and writer Albert Kim shared this statement following the announcement of the cast last August:

"We'll be expanding and growing the world, and there will be surprises for existing fans and those new to the tale. But throughout this process, our byword has been 'authenticity.' To the story. To the characters. To the cultural influences. Authenticity is what keeps us going, both in front of the camera and behind it, which is why we've assembled a team unlike any seen before—a group of talented and passionate artists who are working around the clock to bring this rich and incredibly beautiful world to life."

Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender series is currently in production in Canada. For more details about the show, check out everything we know about the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series here.