Avatar: The Last Airbender's Supporting Cast Features a Star Trek Legend

Netflix's live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender has rounded out its cast with Star Trek icon George Takei, plus Arden Cho and Danny Pudi. Get all the details here!

By Charlotte Walsh Sep 27, 2022 6:38 PMTags
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Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action adaptation has enlisted a member of the USS Enterprise to maintain harmony between the four nations. 

That's right: the streamer revealed Sept. 27 that Star Trek legend George Takei will be starring in the upcoming series as Koh, who's an ancient, predatory spirit haunting the world. 

In the same announcement, Netflix shared the rest of the supporting cast, which includes Teen Wolf's Arden Cho, who will be playing bounty hunter June, Community alum Danny Pudi, who will be starring as the mysterious "Mechanist" and Ghosts' Utkarsh Ambudkar as the Earth Kingdom's ruler. 

The four join the previously announced cast members Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara and Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai.

The original animated series, which ran from 2005 to 2008 on Nickelodeon, followed the story of a young boy named Aang who must fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, a.k.a. the only individual who can bend all four elements. According to Netflix, the remake will expand on this world, utilizing VFX technology and longer episodes to grow existing storylines. The concept was previously adapted into a 2010 live-action film directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Dev Patel and Nicola Peltz, though it was panned by critics and audiences alike. 

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"A live-action version would establish a new benchmark in representation and bring in a whole new generation of fans," showrunner Albert Kim noted in an Aug. 2021 press release. "This was 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."

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Though a release date for the adaptation has not yet been announced, you can catch up on the original cartoon streaming on Netflix and Paramount+.

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