Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Casting News - Amber Midthunder, Utkarsh Ambudkar and George Takei Join 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'; Plus 7 More Updates!

Casting News - September 27, 2022

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  • CCH Pounder has joined the cast of the upcoming limited series starring Claire Danes, Zazie Beetz, Timothy Olyphant, Dennis Quaid and Jharrel Jerome. She previously starred for seven seasons in FX's The Shield and seven seasons in CBS' NCIS: New Orleans.
  • No details were immediately announced about the character she will be playing.
  • Nate Corddry, Sydney Chandler, Elizabeth Anweis, Miguel Sandoval and Jason Butler Harner have landed recurring roles on the upcoming drama starring Colin Farrell. Corddry previously recurred on Amazon's Paper Girls and AppleTV+'s For All Mankind. Chandler starred in the FX limited series Pistol. Anweis starred in the first season of The CW's Batwoman. Sandoval starred for seven seasons in NBC/CBS' Medium and three seasons in ABC's Station 19. Harner starred for two seasons in Netflix's Ozark.
  • No details were immediately announced about the characters they will be playing.
  • Jennifer Ehle will co-star on the upcoming drama starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren. She is a two-time Tony Award winner for the plays The Real Thing and The Coast of Utopia. She will next star in Amazon's upcoming drama Dead Ringers opposite Rachel Weisz.
  • She will play Sister Mary, an Irish nun who teaches at the school for American Indians in Montana that Teonna Rainwater (Amineh Nieves) attends.
  • K.C. Collins has booked a recurring role on the drama's second season. He previously starred for four seasons in Syfy's Lost Girl and two seasons in CTV's Saving Hope. He also recurred on FX's The Strain, CBS' Clarice and Freevee's Pretty Hard Cases.
  • He will play Special Agent Tyler Jefferson, a high-flier at the FBI who has quickly risen up the ranks at the bureau through his hard work, tenacity and sheer brilliance. Now leading the task force on a high-profile drug case, Tyler finds himself hounded by Special Agent Garrett Miller (Oliver Hudson), who is determined to get back on the case. What starts as a great rivalry between Tyler and Garrett turns into a true partnership as they strive towards the same goal - to take down one of the biggest drug kingpins in Vegas.
  • Nuha Jes Izman is set for a recurring role on the drama's upcoming second season. She will make her acting debut in an upcoming guest spot on CBS' FBI.
  • She will play Crystal, a member of the JV squad and a hard-core theater enthusiast who makes the dubious decision to bond with Misty (Sammi Hanratty).
  • Deborah Ayorinde, Pam Grier, Luke James, Joshua J. Williams and Jeremy Bobb will star in the upcoming second installment of the anthology drama. Furthermore, Wayne Knight, Carlito Olivero, Charles Brice and Iman Shumpert will appear in recurring roles.
  • Ayorinde - who also starred in the first season as a different character - will play Dawn Reeve, one of the only women of color in the LAPD's robbery homicide division. Sharp and observant, she becomes uncharacteristically unnerved by her new case.
  • Grier (Jackie Brown, Bless This Mess) will play Athena, Dawn's mother. She's meticulous, clever and prideful, but her mama bear qualities hide secrets.
  • James (The Chi) will play Edmund Gaines, an aspiring actor who appears to be a sensitive soul but has a deep void within him.
  • Williams (Mudbound) will play Kelvin "Kel" Reeve, Dawn's teenage son, who's harboring a secret from both his mom and his grandmother.
  • Bobb (The Outsider, The Knick) will play Detective Ronald McKinney, Dawn's partner, who has a reputation for closing cases quickly and through sometimes questionable means.
  • Knight (Seinfeld, The Exes) will play Lt. Schiff, Dawn's supervisor at the LAPD.
  • Olivero (Step Up: High Water) will play Joaquin Diaz, a newly minted detective who wants to impress Dawn.
  • Brice (The Survivor) will play Reggie Marks, a stylish and charming attorney for the city of Los Angeles.
  • Shumpert (Dancing With the Stars) will play Corey, Dawn's ex, a musician who's frequently on the road.
  • Patti LaBelle will guest star in two episodes of the comedy's upcoming second season. As an R&B singer, she has received 13 Grammy Award nominations - winning twice and being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003. As an actress, she previously recurred on FOX's Star and OWN's Greenleaf.
  • She will play Shirley Williams, Bill's (Dulé Hill) mother. She is a church choir director, who is as sweet as she can be but has another side to her when choir members don't quite hit the right notes.
  • Amber Midthunder, A Martinez, Irene Bedard, Joel Oulette, Nathaniel Arcand, Meegwun Fairbrother, Arden Cho, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Danny Pudi, Lucian-River Chauhan, James Sie, Momona Tamada, Thalia Tran, Ruy Iskandar, Hiro Kanagawa, C.S. Lee, François Chau, Ryan Mah, George Takei and Randall Duk Kim have joined the cast of the upcoming drama starring Gordon Cormier.
  • Midthunder (Prey, Roswell New Mexico) will play Princess Yue, the compassionate spiritual leader of the Northern Water Tribe.
  • Martinez (Longmire, Ambulance) will play Pakku, the veteran waterbending master of the Northern Water Tribe and a fierce defender of their traditions.
  • Bedard (The Mist, The Stand) will play Yagoda, an empathetic healer who serves as a role model for her tribe's female waterbenders.
  • Oulette (Trickster, Ruby and the Well) will play Hahn, a strong and skilled warrior with an unwavering loyalty to his tribe.
  • Arcand (Heartland, FBI: Most Wanted) will play Chief Arnook, the father to Princess Yue and the respected leader of their tribe.
  • Fairbrother (Burden of Truth, Mohawk Girls) will play Avatar Kuruk, a previous Avatar with a haunted past.
  • Cho (Teen Wolf, Partner Track) will play June, a tough and persistent bounty hunter known for her ruthless efficiency.
  • Ambudkar (Ghosts, Never Have I Ever) will play King Bumi, the ancient and mercurial ruler of the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu.
  • Pudi (Community, Mythic Quest) will play The Mechanist, an eccentric inventor and engineer who's doing his best to raise his son in a war-torn world.
  • Chauhan (Heartland, Encounter) will play Teo, the idealistic and high-flying son of The Mechanist.
  • Sie (Stillwater, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness) will play the Cabbage Merchant, a long-suffering vegetable vendor in Omashu.
  • Tamada (The Baby-Sitters Club, Secret Headquarters) will play Ty Lee, an energetic and upbeat teen and one of Princess Azula's (Elizabeth Yu) best friends.
  • Tran (Raya and the Last Dragon, Council of Dads) will play Mai, an unflappable and deadpan teen. Along with Ty Lee, she is one of Princess Azula's closest allies.
  • Iskandar (Yes Day, Benders) will play Lt. Jee, the first officer of Prince Zuko's (Dallas Liu) ship.
  • Kanagawa (iZombie, Star Trek: Discovery) will play Fire Lord Sozin, the ruthless and ambitious previous ruler of the Fire Nation and grandfather to Fire Lord Ozai (Daniel Dae Kim).
  • Lee (Dexter, East New York) will play Avatar Roku, a wise and benevolent past Avatar from the Fire Nation.
  • Chau (The Expanse, The Tick) will play The Great Sage, the venerated spiritual leader of the Fire Nation and guardian of Avatar Roku's shrine.
  • Mah (Away, Fakes) will play Lt. Dang, Commander Zhao's (Ken Leung) second-in-command.
  • Takei (Star Trek: The Original Series, The Terror: Infamy) will voice Koh, an ancient and predatory spirit.
  • Kim (Kung Fu Panda, John Wick) will voice Wan Shi Tong, who appears in the form of a giant owl and is also known as the Spirit of Knowledge.