Shyamalan Has Cast his Airbenders

M. Night Shyamalan has gone down to Texas and found himself the lead for his upcoming mega franchise “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, which as I hear, has just been shortened to “The Last Airbender”, probably to keep it from being confused with James Cameron’s oft-talked about but rarely seen “Avatar”. The film’s main character, a 12-year old name Aang, will be played by Noah Ringer, a karate-kickin’ champ from Texas. Well, at least you can’t say the kid can’t fight, cause, you know, he probably had to kick a lot of tail to get that “champ” tag, because I’m sure they don’t hand that out to everyone, or else you would be calling me Champ Nix right now, but you aren’t, so they don’t. Moving on.

EW has your Airbender casting call:

After an open casting call in Texas, Shyamalan discovered karate star Noah Ringer and offered him the part of Airbender’s 12-year old hero, Aang, an Avatar with superpowers who must stop the Fire Nation from destroying the world. Twilight’s Jackson Rathbone has been asked to play Aang’s pal Sokka, while Nicola Peltz (Deck the Halls) will star as his sister Katara. Genial singer Jesse McCartney, meanwhile, is negotiating to play against type in the role of the Fire Nation’s evil prince Zuko.

The first in the potentially lucrative fantasy franchise opens in theaters July 2010. Two more movies are planned, but nowadays in Hollywood, every movie is a “planned trilogy” until the box office receipts come in.

By the way, the whole arrow on the forehead thing sported by the lead character? Worst tramp stamp — EVER.

Below: Fantasy convention geeks: good, clean fun, or the bane of mankind’s existence? You decide.



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  • joni

    I don’t see Shyamalan is a right one to direct this movie. His latest works just sucks, and can he handle action/martial art movie, don’t think so.

    and Aang is asian, damn , this will be just as bad as that dragon ball.

    • Areala

      the beauty of avatar: the last airbender is that they blended all the races under an asian type reality. this isn’t our planet any more than pandora (the other avatar) so the usual rules dont apply. it’s about everyone working together with hope to create harmony. not a platform for boring, personal junk.

    • Areala

      the beauty of avatar: the last airbender is that they blended all the races under an asian type reality. this isn’t our planet any more than pandora (the other avatar) so the usual rules dont apply. it’s about everyone working together with hope to create harmony. not a platform for boring, personal junk.

  • joni

    I don’t see Shyamalan is a right one to direct this movie. His latest works just sucks, and can he handle action/martial art movie, don’t think so.

    and Aang is asian, damn , this will be just as bad as that dragon ball.

  • joni

    I don’t see Shyamalan is a right one to direct this movie. His latest works just sucks, and can he handle action/martial art movie, don’t think so.

    and Aang is asian, damn , this will be just as bad as that dragon ball.

    • Areala

      the beauty of avatar: the last airbender is that they blended all the races under an asian type reality. this isn’t our planet any more than pandora (the other avatar) so the usual rules dont apply. it’s about everyone working together with hope to create harmony. not a platform for boring, personal junk.

  • Ayianna

    ok the whole cast is crap…..Jesse McCartney as Zuko is not a good fit.

    • Areala

      old news is no news

    • Areala

      old news is no news

  • Ayianna

    ok the whole cast is crap…..Jesse McCartney as Zuko is not a good fit.

  • Ayianna

    ok the whole cast is crap…..Jesse McCartney as Zuko is not a good fit.

    • Areala

      old news is no news

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ WarHammer

    i agree on that, Jesse should not play Zuko because the movie would completely suck and if they do make a movie it better be a good on becuase Avatar is a good show and i will be pissed if they mess it up with a crapy movie

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ WarHammer

    i agree on that, Jesse should not play Zuko because the movie would completely suck and if they do make a movie it better be a good on becuase Avatar is a good show and i will be pissed if they mess it up with a crapy movie

  • http://www.yahoo.com WarHammer

    i agree on that, Jesse should not play Zuko because the movie would completely suck and if they do make a movie it better be a good on becuase Avatar is a good show and i will be pissed if they mess it up with a crapy movie

  • http://webkinz.com/ calloie

    ok im like in luv with zuko and if they put tht FREAK in there to be him, there gonna get some hate mail

    • brittany

      I totally luv Zuko too! but if they put crap like that in there… Lets just say you wouldn’t want to be them!

    • brittany

      I totally luv Zuko too! but if they put crap like that in there… Lets just say you wouldn’t want to be them!