First Images from Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender

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If you’re one of those people who were dissatisfied with M. Night Shyamalan having cast a Caucasian to play the lead in his upcoming live-action adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (now going simply by “The Last Airbender” to avoid confusion with James Cameron’s sci-fi opus “Avatar”), you might want to avert your gaze, because below are the first two pics from Shyamalan’s movie. The first features the bald Aang, played by real-life martial arts kid Noah Ringer, and the other is a picture of “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Dev Patel as Zuko. Check them both out below, check them outers.

Images via USAToday (Yahoo! Movies has since posted better versions of the same images), who also offers this about the two actors and their roles:

Ringer didn’t need to alter much to play Aang, who uses martial arts to manipulate the weather. Like Aang, Ringer keeps his head shaved and is an expert in martial arts. “It keeps me cool when I’m doing tae kwon do,” says Ringer, a Texas native with a black belt who landed the role after sending a homemade DVD of him practicing the sport. “It’s so cool to get the part.”

Patel, too, seems suited for the film, the first of a planned trilogy. He earned his black belt in tae kwon do before he turned to acting and discovered the television show while filming Millionaire. “I started watching it in my trailer in India,” says Patel, who plays the villain Zuko, a “firebender” (he manipulates flames). “I see why the fan base is so big. It’s got action but a lot of moral messages.”

Shymalan’s “The Last Airbender”, the first of a planned trilogy (what movie isn’t nowadays?), bends its way into theaters July 2, 2010.

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  • Jake

    The Last Airbender: the white washing of Asian cultures.

  • Jake

    The Last Airbender: the white washing of Asian cultures.

  • Audrey

    What the heck is on Aang’s forehead?!?!?! And I thought they couldn’t mess it up any more…

    • panda

      you idiot its his arrow duhh if you watched the show you would know

  • Audrey

    What the heck is on Aang’s forehead?!?!?! And I thought they couldn’t mess it up any more…

    • panda

      you idiot its his arrow duhh if you watched the show you would know

  • Stan

    Wow….definatly not going to watch this. They should have tried getting a young show Lin monk to play the role of aang

  • Stan

    Wow….definatly not going to watch this. They should have tried getting a young show Lin monk to play the role of aang

  • teacher4U

    haha you all are haters, this is going to be the biggest movie of our era, also they got a perfect aang and zuko! and its not asian based its world based

    • Jay

      You’re just pretending to be dense, right?

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        actually he’s right. The show is influenced by asian cultures and philosphies but it’s a fantasy world and no true nationalities (Other than Fire, Water, Air, and Earth) are mentioned. If you want to be all “this movie is anti-Asian” then you may as well say the WHOLE of the Avatar world was Asian, with small pockets of other cultures.

        Saying the movie will suck because of some early pictures is like saying the first X-men movie would suck based on early pics of the WOlverine suit. And it did great. I will admit I’m worried he’s gonna mess this up, but only because his track record as of late has been so bad.

        • Susan

          This is the most original story line since Harry Potter; and like HP it is set in a fantasy world that is not real. I got into Avatar at the end of the first book just before Night and like him I watched it with my kids and was hooked. We were at blockbuster renting the dvds because they were out for sale before they all aired on nick. We couldn’t wait for the story to play out. It looks like Night is right on track; it looks beautiful so far. I know he loves the story as much as the rest of us and wants to do the best job he can. We will all have to wait and see but I am sure he will cast the best actors for the parts as they come up. For all you haters out there; if you feel that strongly about it then don’t see the movie and shut up.

    • Aisha

      Hello moron the creators of avatar said it is an Asian based world and there are no Caucasians in it. (Don’t you see the Chinese writing in the show?)

    • david mcleod

      uhhh… im not even asian, and i know the characters are supposed to be asian. that’s like casting jet li for the role of Superman (who, according to your argument would work since superman is a fantasy world based kryptonian, despite being created with western values and influences (“truth, justice, and the american way”). hell, might as well make a new batman starring jackie chan, since gotham isnt a real city either. moron. this movie is an affront.

      • jeff is best

        hmm… That’s a good point. Let’s re-vamp the Lord of the Rings Trilogy too, and have morgan freeman play gandalf, javier bardem play aragorn, and short round from indiana jones to play frodo. after all, ethnicity was never specified in LOTR, right? other than elves and humans… and the last i checked, unless youre racist, youll have to admit minorities are human too. i can see all the die hard whiteys throwing hissy fits already. and yet, you cant understand why its ridiculous not to cast a single asian in avatar? are u blind or retarded?

  • teacher4U

    haha you all are haters, this is going to be the biggest movie of our era, also they got a perfect aang and zuko! and its not asian based its world based

    • Jay

      You’re just pretending to be dense, right?

      • Dedpool3678

        actually he’s right. The show is influenced by asian cultures and philosphies but it’s a fantasy world and no true nationalities (Other than Fire, Water, Air, and Earth) are mentioned. If you want to be all “this movie is anti-Asian” then you may as well say the WHOLE of the Avatar world was Asian, with small pockets of other cultures.

        Saying the movie will suck because of some early pictures is like saying the first X-men movie would suck based on early pics of the WOlverine suit. And it did great. I will admit I’m worried he’s gonna mess this up, but only because his track record as of late has been so bad.

        • http://google Susan

          This is the most original story line since Harry Potter; and like HP it is set in a fantasy world that is not real. I got into Avatar at the end of the first book just before Night and like him I watched it with my kids and was hooked. We were at blockbuster renting the dvds because they were out for sale before they all aired on nick. We couldn’t wait for the story to play out. It looks like Night is right on track; it looks beautiful so far. I know he loves the story as much as the rest of us and wants to do the best job he can. We will all have to wait and see but I am sure he will cast the best actors for the parts as they come up. For all you haters out there; if you feel that strongly about it then don’t see the movie and shut up.

    • Aisha

      Hello moron the creators of avatar said it is an Asian based world and there are no Caucasians in it. (Don’t you see the Chinese writing in the show?)

    • david mcleod

      uhhh… im not even asian, and i know the characters are supposed to be asian. that’s like casting jet li for the role of Superman (who, according to your argument would work since superman is a fantasy world based kryptonian, despite being created with western values and influences (“truth, justice, and the american way”). hell, might as well make a new batman starring jackie chan, since gotham isnt a real city either. moron. this movie is an affront.

      • jeff is best

        hmm… That’s a good point. Let’s re-vamp the Lord of the Rings Trilogy too, and have morgan freeman play gandalf, javier bardem play aragorn, and short round from indiana jones to play frodo. after all, ethnicity was never specified in LOTR, right? other than elves and humans… and the last i checked, unless youre racist, youll have to admit minorities are human too. i can see all the die hard whiteys throwing hissy fits already. and yet, you cant understand why its ridiculous not to cast a single asian in avatar? are u blind or retarded?

  • MoviewillSuck

    This movie will suck. It’ll be just as bad as Dragonball: Evolution. You can’t avoid the fact that it will suck, you can only ignore the facts.
    What was Shyamalan’s last GOOD movie anyway? Sure wasn’t Lady in the Water or The Happening. Was it Really 2002′s Signs!? That’s a long time to keep turning out bad movies, that would be three so far with Last Airbender being number four. But people with pack the theaters for this trash opening weekend, sing praises for the “Brillent work by the Great Shyamalan” and ignore the hacked story, over blown special effexts, terrible dialog, and worthless plot twists he will add. So yes, I’m hating this. Just as I warned people that DB:E would god awful, I’m now warning the world, a full year in advance of it’s release, this movie will be another waste of your time and money, and unlike a DVD player with a rented copy, you’ll be out $12 a person instead of $5 for renting it from Blockbuster, which could be returned that day.

    Have fun washing your eyeballs after seeing this travisty of a movie. (hopefully be able to see something more entertaining that weekend. If not, I could always rent something by Bill Murry.)

    • tenneyshoes

      For the record, I like Lady in the Water. Everything you wrote is compleltly biased and opinionated. Just as me liking Lady in the Water is. If the director really does screw this over, then just go back to loving the cartoon. If you have seen Eragon, you either loved it or hated it. If the first, you obviously didn’t read the book, if the later, then you know what I’m talking about. A movie can easily destroy something it is based on. Honestly, it will be nigh impossible to actually pull off this movie. He has to find a way to fit every important detail from an entire season of episodes into two hours, becuase the American public are a bunch of nitwits (Myself included) who can’t sit still for more then two hours. I would gladly watch a four hour Avatar movie if it was well done. But stop spweing biased opinionated crap just becuase you don’t like the director, or whatever your reasons may be. Not to be a flamer or anything, becuase I do see where you are coming from, but if you don’t think it will turn out well and you don’t want to see it then don’t, but stop trying to put people off what may be a good movie. Yes it may not, but don’t start saying it will suck from the first minute and a half of footage.

  • MoviewillSuck

    This movie will suck. It’ll be just as bad as Dragonball: Evolution. You can’t avoid the fact that it will suck, you can only ignore the facts.
    What was Shyamalan’s last GOOD movie anyway? Sure wasn’t Lady in the Water or The Happening. Was it Really 2002′s Signs!? That’s a long time to keep turning out bad movies, that would be three so far with Last Airbender being number four. But people with pack the theaters for this trash opening weekend, sing praises for the “Brillent work by the Great Shyamalan” and ignore the hacked story, over blown special effexts, terrible dialog, and worthless plot twists he will add. So yes, I’m hating this. Just as I warned people that DB:E would god awful, I’m now warning the world, a full year in advance of it’s release, this movie will be another waste of your time and money, and unlike a DVD player with a rented copy, you’ll be out $12 a person instead of $5 for renting it from Blockbuster, which could be returned that day.

    Have fun washing your eyeballs after seeing this travisty of a movie. (hopefully be able to see something more entertaining that weekend. If not, I could always rent something by Bill Murry.)

    • tenneyshoes

      For the record, I like Lady in the Water. Everything you wrote is compleltly biased and opinionated. Just as me liking Lady in the Water is. If the director really does screw this over, then just go back to loving the cartoon. If you have seen Eragon, you either loved it or hated it. If the first, you obviously didn’t read the book, if the later, then you know what I’m talking about. A movie can easily destroy something it is based on. Honestly, it will be nigh impossible to actually pull off this movie. He has to find a way to fit every important detail from an entire season of episodes into two hours, becuase the American public are a bunch of nitwits (Myself included) who can’t sit still for more then two hours. I would gladly watch a four hour Avatar movie if it was well done. But stop spweing biased opinionated crap just becuase you don’t like the director, or whatever your reasons may be. Not to be a flamer or anything, becuase I do see where you are coming from, but if you don’t think it will turn out well and you don’t want to see it then don’t, but stop trying to put people off what may be a good movie. Yes it may not, but don’t start saying it will suck from the first minute and a half of footage.