The most current casting news for Netflix’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender” show is Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Uncle Iroh, the mentor of Prince Zuko (Dallas Liu), and fans are ecstatic (via Collider). Twitter user @UncleIroh3420 states, “This has brought me so much joy. I am so happy about this casting,” and judging by their Twitter handle, they seem to be particularly passionate about the news. Even Marvel actor Simu Liu jumped in to celebrate, tweeting “From Appa to Uncle. I’m so happy for you,” in reference to Lee’s past role in “Kim’s Convenience.” The outpouring of appreciation for this casting is overwhelming.
There have been some concerns about the adaptation since surprising news dropped about Netflix’s live-action version, with original series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino leaving the Netflix project after spending two years developing it. The writers were integral to the tone of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” and while their absence could be a bad sign for some fans, many find this casting news comforting.
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee is a prolific actor who has appeared in many popular properties. He is most recognizable from “Kim’s Convenience,” but he also appeared in two episodes of “The Mandalorian” as Captain Carson Teva. Twitter user @AshWHurst put it best when they posted, “My new life goal is to drink tea with Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, the man playing Uncle Iroh.”