Slumdog Star Joins Shymalan’s Airbender

Looks like M. Night Shyamalan’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie is rounding out its cast, with the new addition of Indian star Dev Patel, the star of the critical hit “Slumdog Millionaire”, the odds-on favorite to take the hardware at the Oscars this year. Patel will join a cast that already includes Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone and Jessica Jade Andres. Texas martial arts guy Noah Ringer will play the lead, Aang, while Patel will play Zuko, a member of the Fire Nation, a role that was supposed to go to Jesse McCartney, who had to ditch it because the role conflicted with his tour dates. He’s apparently also a singer, my niece tells me.

Variety reports:

Patel was “already one of the guys I was interested in. Then I saw ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ and the kid just grew in my eyes,” he said.

Tyro thesp Ringer will play Aang, the film’s lead, who is the last of a race of people who can manipulate the elements of air.

Ringer, a 12-year-old from Texas, landed the part after demonstrating his martial arts skills in an Internet vid that he posted to a website Shyamalan set up for open virtual auditions.

Patel will play Zuko, a member of the Fire Nation. Peltz plays the Water Tribe rep Katara, while Andres is the Earth Kingdom’s representative, Suki.

So what’s the twist this time, M. Night? It all turns out that James Cameron is really directing, and aliens pop out and eat everyone? Actually, that would be kinda cool…

Below: The joke around the Fire Nation is that Zuko likes to run into doors with his eye. He’s kind of wacky that way.



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  • Sarah Gonzalez

    NOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooo Recast on Zukos!!!!!!!!!!! Zuko character should be played by a hot mouthwatering delicious (Japanese/American)Actor. M. Night Shyamalan should really handle this delemma asap cuase as a true avatar fan I’m extremely aggravated. Zuko is one of my Favorite characters and is a huge element in this movie. I’m really starting to get worried about the whole production of this movie. RRRRRReeeeccast Zuko.

  • Sarah Gonzalez

    NOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooo Recast on Zukos!!!!!!!!!!! Zuko character should be played by a hot mouthwatering delicious (Japanese/American)Actor. M. Night Shyamalan should really handle this delemma asap cuase as a true avatar fan I’m extremely aggravated. Zuko is one of my Favorite characters and is a huge element in this movie. I’m really starting to get worried about the whole production of this movie. RRRRRReeeeccast Zuko.

  • DevPatelLover

    YAYYYYY !
    Dev Patel is playing Zuko !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i love Both of Themmmmm !

  • DevPatelLover

    YAYYYYY !
    Dev Patel is playing Zuko !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i love Both of Themmmmm !

  • DevPatelLover

    YAYYYYY !
    Dev Patel is playing Zuko !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i love Both of Themmmmm !

  • DevPatelLover

    YAYYYYY !
    Dev Patel is playing Zuko !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i love Both of Themmmmm !

  • BlackApril

    NO WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY…
    He to “soft” to cast Zukko…

    A lot more out there…

  • BlackApril

    NO WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY…
    He to “soft” to cast Zukko…

    A lot more out there…

  • BlackApril

    NO WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY…
    He to “soft” to cast Zukko…

    A lot more out there…

  • Oobi

    how ghay, who chose this cmon, u can do so much better…seriously, this is an outrage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OUTRAGE