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Avatar: The Last Airbender Adds A Gay Icon To Its Cast

Avatar: The Last Airbender Adds A Gay Icon To Its Cast

Koh and George Takei
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George Takei as Koh the Face Stealer? Oh my.


We have new exciting casting news coming out of the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe, and it includes a true gay icon.

News about who will be taking on roles in the live-action adaption of the massively popular animated series has been trickling out for more than a year, but the latest round of announcements really caught our eye. Specifically one George Takei, who will be starring as Koh.

For those unfamiliar with the animated source material, Koh is an ancient, and frankly, terrifying spirit also known as The Face Stealer due to his penchant for, well, stealing faces. He’s a trickster who also holds essential information for the show’s hero Aang. We can’t wait to see him verbally spar with the young Avatar.

But that was far from the only casting news Netflix shared. Arden Cho and Danny Pudi will also be joining the show as the bounty hunter June and The Mechanist, respectively, and both are members of the Earth Nation.

Also joining the cast is Prey star Amber Midthunder as Princess Yue, a spiritual leader of the Water Tribe. Utkarsh Ambudkar has been cast as the mysterious and unpredictable King Bumi, ruler of the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu. Momona Tamada is set to star as fan-favorite Ty Lee, one of Princess Azula’s (Elizabeth Yu) best friends and villainous sidekicks. Finally, Randall Duk Kim will lend his voice as Wan Shi Tong, the Spirit of Knowledge.

They all join the previously announced cast, which includes Gordon Cormier (Aang), Kiawentiio (Katara), Ian Ousley (Sokka), Dallas Liu (Zuko); Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Iroh), Daniel Dae Kim (Fire Lord Ozai); Maria Zhang (Suki), Tamlyn Tomita (Yukari), Yvonne Chapman (as the queer former Avatar, Kyoshi), and Casey Camp-Horinek (Gran Gran).

There’s no word yet on when Avatar: The Last Airbender will premiere, but with this latest casting news we’re anticipating it more than ever.

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