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Airbender gets cast

Dec. 10, 2008by: Mike Sampson

After embarking on a countrywide casting tour, M. Night Shyamalan has found his stars for the the upcoming anime-inspired THE LAST AIRBENDER. Based on the Nickelodeon series "Avatar: The Last Airbender," the film will star newcomer Noah Ringer, a karate star in Texas with no acting credits to his name, as Aang, the young superhero who must stop the Fire Nation (any relation to the Rhythm Nation?) from destroying the world. Also cast in the film are Jackson Rathbone (TWILIGHT) and Nicola Peltz (DECK THE HALLS) with Jesse McCartney in negotiations to play the film's villain, Zuko (Danny Zuko?). Shyamalan is looking to get production started on the film early in 2009 with a July 2010 release date already set. Paramount is already planning on a trilogy though that could all change depending on the success of the film (Fox was also planning a JUMPER trilogy and, well, that's just not happening). Despite a pretty extensive search on the web, I could find nothing on this Noah Ringer character. Anyone know something? Other than that, I'll trust Shyamalan's eye for kid casting (he did direct Haley Joel Osment to an Oscar nomination)...

Extra Tidbit: Shyamalan's film had to change it's name from AVATAR to THE LAST AIRBENDER to avoid confusion with James Cameron's upcoming 3-D epic.
Source: EW

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2:59AM on 12/11/2008

I don't really want to see anymore Jumper but...

I thought Jumper was a hit?
I thought Jumper was a hit?
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12:24AM on 12/11/2008

Aren't the

Characters Asian? why are they casting a bunch of round eyes for?
Characters Asian? why are they casting a bunch of round eyes for?
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7:34PM on 12/10/2008

why have i...

never been interested in this series at all?
never been interested in this series at all?
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5:55PM on 12/10/2008

FUCK OFFF

I didnt even know they were making this a movie let alone this dick was directing it man what a mess
I didnt even know they were making this a movie let alone this dick was directing it man what a mess
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5:36PM on 12/10/2008
So far, so good. As a major fan of the show I'm a little worried about what M. Night's going to do, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

I would love to see Mark Hamill as Fire Lord Ozai, but he may be too old for the part now. Certainly has the voice, though!
So far, so good. As a major fan of the show I'm a little worried about what M. Night's going to do, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

I would love to see Mark Hamill as Fire Lord Ozai, but he may be too old for the part now. Certainly has the voice, though!
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12:44PM on 12/10/2008
Having google'd most of the cast, so far they are meeting my approval...Having seen every episode of the show I was extremely worried about his casting choice.

Jackson as Sokka is interesting, seeing as Sokka brings all of the shows humor, I hope they can translate that well enough to the big screen.

Nicola as Katara, sure why not. My first choice was Keisha Castle-Hughes though...

And as for Jesse McCartney. I'm not worried that the make-up people can make him look like Zuko, i'm just
Having google'd most of the cast, so far they are meeting my approval...Having seen every episode of the show I was extremely worried about his casting choice.

Jackson as Sokka is interesting, seeing as Sokka brings all of the shows humor, I hope they can translate that well enough to the big screen.

Nicola as Katara, sure why not. My first choice was Keisha Castle-Hughes though...

And as for Jesse McCartney. I'm not worried that the make-up people can make him look like Zuko, i'm just worried about his acting skills and whether or not he can be as intense as Zuko...

And I know Jason Isaacs was the voice of General Zhou, but it would be extremely intense to see him as the Fire Lord Ozai. Just think of Lucius Malfoy with long black hair and breathing fire.......badass.

I'm stoked about this movie. I can't wait to see a leaked photo of Appa or something.

I'm gonna go pee my pants now.
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12:38PM on 12/10/2008

hmmm

The crew is all A list. Producers, exec producers, cinematography, production design, composer, etc.

The is cast is relatively untested. Hopefully Shyamalan and his team made the right decisions. I am down with everything except Jesse McCartney.

And I nominate Hugh Jackman for General Zhao!
The crew is all A list. Producers, exec producers, cinematography, production design, composer, etc.

The is cast is relatively untested. Hopefully Shyamalan and his team made the right decisions. I am down with everything except Jesse McCartney.

And I nominate Hugh Jackman for General Zhao!
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12:22PM on 12/10/2008
Jesse McCartney? What the hell......?
Jesse McCartney? What the hell......?
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11:25AM on 12/10/2008

Come Back

Good the studio is already giving Shyamalan tons of time to make this good...he had a 45 day shoot with The Happening and it showed.
Good the studio is already giving Shyamalan tons of time to make this good...he had a 45 day shoot with The Happening and it showed.
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10:30AM on 12/10/2008

not crappy

Dont fuck it up, Shyamalan! We know you can be great and you got a fantastic source material to mine here!
Dont fuck it up, Shyamalan! We know you can be great and you got a fantastic source material to mine here!
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9:27AM on 12/10/2008
So far this is sounding very crappy!!
So far this is sounding very crappy!!
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9:16AM on 12/10/2008
Avatar is one of the best cartoon series ever. i'm soo hyped up about this movie.
but Jesse Mccartney as Zuko!! i dunno about that.
Jackson Rathbone and Nicola Peltz will probably be playing Sokka and katara.

this series has the potential to be the next LOTR. so they better not screw it up.
Avatar is one of the best cartoon series ever. i'm soo hyped up about this movie.
but Jesse Mccartney as Zuko!! i dunno about that.
Jackson Rathbone and Nicola Peltz will probably be playing Sokka and katara.

this series has the potential to be the next LOTR. so they better not screw it up.
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8:59AM on 12/10/2008
Can't they fight The Mighty Zulu Nation?
Can't they fight The Mighty Zulu Nation?
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8:34AM on 12/10/2008
Yeah, I don't know about this one..
I mean, look at Dragonball. Maybe this is another one to stay in the cartoon world.
Yeah, I don't know about this one..
I mean, look at Dragonball. Maybe this is another one to stay in the cartoon world.
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