Netflix recently began filming Avatar: The Last Airbender, a live adaptation of martial arts fantasy animation of the same name, and production started with a casting announcement revealing the cast, which included some of the series’ iconic characters for interpretation. Among those announcements was news that Uncle Iroch would be played by Lee, known for his role as Sang-il “Appa” Kim in the five-season comedy series Kim’s Convenience. Liu, who played Mr. Kim’s son, took to Twitter to congratulate his co-star on his new role and wrote, “From Appa to Uncle. I’m so happy for you [Lee] !!” Lee responded with a Gif when Apa asked for a hug.
Lee starred alongside Liu in Kim’s Convenience for the complete five-season series, which aired on CBC from 2016 to 2021. The series is based on the 2011 comedy of the same name and follows the story of Mr. Kim and his family. They owned and administered a grocery store in Toronto after Kim immigrated from South Korea. The series received positive critical reviews but was permanently canceled in 2021 due to the two co-creators of the series’ departure. And a controversy in which Liu and other actors challenged the scripts. Season 5 is “racist” and lacks diversity behind the scenes.
In addition to his award-winning role in Kim’s Convenience, science fiction fans can recognize Lee for his role in Disney +’s Mandalorian, in which he played Captain Carson Teva, a season two pilot in the Star Wars universe. . . Similarly, Liu Shang-Chi starred in the martial arts movie starring Marvel superheroes Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings.
In the original Avatar: The Last Airbender, which aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon between 2005 and 2008, Iroh served Prince Zuko’s grandson as a mentor and father figure. The tea-loving, tame sage was initially the voice of Makoto “Mako” Iwamatsu in the first two seasons of the series, before his tragic death forced Greg Baldwin to inherit the role.
Before the news came that Lee would play the retired general in the live broadcast, calling Netflix’s Avatar Iroh described as a former athletic trainer who is now retired and “finds time to smell the roses and enjoy the joys” of life. . ”
In addition to Lee as Iroh, Gordon Cormier will play the title’s latest aerial aperture, Avatar Aang, in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Kiawentiio and Ian Ousley will play brothers Katara and Sokka, respectively, and Iroh’s nephew Prince Zuko will play Dallas Liu. Daniel Dae Kim will play Fire Lord Ozai, father of Zuko, brother of Iroh, and the main competitor of the series.
Netflix has not yet settled a release date for Avatar: The Last Airbender, but all three seasons of the original cartoon can be aired on the US platform, as well as the upcoming series The Legend of Korra and the live-action movie. of 2010, The Last Airbender.
— Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (@bitterasiandude) November 16, 2021