Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim has confirmed his involvement in Netflix’s live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation – and he’s revealed who he’s playing, too.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday (November 3), the Lost actor shared a semi-cryptic GIF of a silhouetted cartoon figure surrounded by flames. “It’s getting hot in here…” he tweeted, before giving his followers a clue with the hashtags ‘Avatar’ and ‘Ozai’.
Before long, fans deduced that he must be playing villain Fire Lord Ozai in the streaming service’s upcoming series.
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“You sir, are going to absolutely kill it,” one tweeter replied, as another said: “Oh my god, this is legit fantastic casting!!”
According to TV Line, the platform’s version of the character is described as the “ruthlessly-driven leader of the Fire Nation who demands everyone live up to his impossible standards, especially his teen son, Prince Zuko”.
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The description continues: “Ozai’s drive to conquer and unite the world under firebender rule is a family burden — he believes that it’s his destiny to finish a war started by his ancestors.”
Kim, who is no stranger to the Avatar universe, having voiced General Fong on the original animated series and Horishi Sato in Nickelodeon’s follow-up outing The Legend of Korra, joins existing cast members Dallas Liu (as Zuko), Kiawentiio Tarbell (as Katara), Ian Ousley (Sokka) and Gordon Cormier (Aang).
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Albert Kim, who has previously worked on shows like Leverage, Sleepy Hollow and Nikita, is on board as showrunner.
Throughout his career, Kim has also appeared in titles such as the Divergent movies Insurgent and Allegiant, Hellboy and 24, as well as medical dramas ER and The Good Doctor.
Avatar: The Last Airbender will air on Netflix.