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Patel in Airbender

02.02.2009

Things just keep getting better for international slumdog superstar Dev Patel. He's definitely not your average movie star, but that didn't stop M. Night Shyamalan from casting Patel in his upcoming THE LAST AIRBENDER, based on the Nickelodeon television series about a race of people who can manipulate the elements of air.

I've never actually seen the series so I don't know what to expect, but it's definitely a departure for Shyamalan, who is used to giving us original work with twist endings. But as we all know, that formula hasn't been working for him as of late so this is kind of a welcome departure.

Other castmembers include relative unknowns Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Jessica Jade Andres and Noah Ringer who will play the lead and was cast through an online search. Shyamalan is prepping this as a three-picture story arc, meaning no killer trees or ladies in the water any time soon. Phew.
Extra Tidbit: Patel is replacing Jesse McCartney, who had to back out due to scheduling conflicts.
Source: Variety

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