M. Night Shyamalan Finally Casts The Last Airbender
by Alex Billington
December 10, 2008
Although we haven't been actively following the project, M. Night Shyamalan's big screen adaptation of the Nickelodeon cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender has been gaining buzz due to its enormous fanbase. Entertainment Weekly claims to finally have the casting details for the film, which includes a handful of young and fairly unknown actors. But as always, we know that Shyamalan claims to want to find the right actors, not big names, and thus he seems to have chosen a few that fit the roles. Paramount is still developing this feature as a big franchise and is hoping to have the first of three films out in July of 2010.
After an open casting call in Texas, Shyamalan discovered karate star Noah Ringer and offered him the lead role as Aang. Twilight star Jackson Rathbone will play Aang's friend Sokka, while Nicola Peltz will star as his sister Katara. And last but not least, singer Jesse McCartney will play the evil prince Zuko. Our friends at SlashFilm have put together a great feature with comparison photos of the actors. The film will follow the 12-year-old hero Aang, an Avatar with superpowers who must stop the Fire Nation from destroying the world. We'll be sure to keep you updated on any photos that Paramount releases.