Paul Sun-Hyung Lee is making the big leap from the Star Wars Universe to ... the Fire Nation! The Mandalorian star has just been cast as Zuko's beloved Uncle Iroh in Netflix's upcoming live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender!
The new cast members of Avatar: The Last Airbender have just been announced. In addition to Lee, the series has cast Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor Ken Leung as Commander Zhao, the Fire Nation military leader who has an unexpected encounter with Zuko and Uncle Iroh. The new cast members are rounded out by Anna and The King actor Lim Kay Siu as Air Nomad monk Gyatso, who serves as Aang's father figure.
The new cast members certainly appear to be chosen wisely. Lee, who plays Appa in Kim's Convenience, has the humor and good nature to portray Uncle Iroh. Likewise, Leung is known for playing memorable villains and is a great fit for Commander Zhao. Lastly, Siu possesses calm and wiseness, just like Gyatso.
While people are understandably excited about the new cast members, fans are celebrating Lee's casting because come on, let's be honest, it's just too perfect. Star Wars fans and even Lee's Kim Convenience co-star Simu Liu are delighted with the news. Needless to say, Appa is now Uncle Iroh and people are looking forward to seeing him in action in the new Netflix show.
Avatar: The Last Airbender will also star Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio Tarbell as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, and Dallas Liu as Zuko. Daniel Dae Kim was previously announced to join the cast as Zuko's villainous father Lord Ozai.
The new Avatar: The Last Airbender series has already begun production. The show has not yet been given an official release date. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.