The highly anticipated Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series by Netflix is taking off with more cast announcements. In a recent report by Hollywood news website Variety, actor Daniel Dae Kim will be playing the role of Lord Ozai.
Kim was notable for his roles in the live-action shows Hawaii Five-O and Lost. He also played roles in Hollywood films such as The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Hellboy. He is also no stranger to the Avatar series as he had voiced General Fong in the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series and Hiroshi Sato in the show’s follow-up series, The Legend of Korra.
In the original Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series by Nickelodeon, Lord Ozai is part of the Fire Nation who is a ruthless leader to anyone that would stand in his way, especially his son, Prince Zuko. Ozai is voiced by Mark Hamill in the original animated series.
The previous cast members announced for the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender are Gordon Cormier as the main hero and airbender Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, and Dallas Liu as Zuko.
The original creators of the animated series Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, were very much involved in the production of the Netflix series. However, they both separated ways with the production as of August 2020. However, both were involved in a new deal with Nickelodeon for the establishment of Avatar Studios. Its purpose is to create new animated projects linked to the Avatar universe.
Kim is currenly one of the executive producers of the medical drama TV show, The Good Doctor. He is also part of the show’s cast.
The live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender show by Netflix promises to accurately follow the Nickelodeon animated show that initially aired from 2005 to 2008.