Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Vote Now: Jameson Empire Awards 2015
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
The 2014 Christmas Gift Guide
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
When Frodo Met Bilbo
Martin Freeman and Elijah Wood come together for Empire photoshoot
Exclusive: Colin Trevorrow Talks Jurassic World Trailer
“I’m comfortable going to Crazytown…”
Lake-town's Burning In New Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Pics
Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug takes flight
Kevin Bacon Is Off To A Jungle
For Greg McLean's new survival thriller
The Independence Day Sequel Is Greenlit
Fox makes it officially official
First Trailers For Unfinished Business
Vince Vaughn's European work trip
Natalie Portman In Talks For Steve Jobs Film
Danny Boyle is looking to bolster his cast
Dan Gilroy Adapting Storming Las Vegas
Nightcrawler man working on the script for Antoine Fuqua
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
04 November 2014
New Chappie Poster Hits The Web
Meet Neill Blomkamp's new robo lead
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Chappie
06 March 2015
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
27 February 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)
Empire Star Rating
The Last Airbender (2010)
Empire Star Rating
The Last Airbender (2010)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Dev Patel In The Last Airbender
But who's the leading man?

02 February 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

submit to reddit

M. Night Shyamalan has announced the cast for his next film, The Last Airbender, and there are some very surprising names in there - not least because few of them are names anyone's ever heard of.

 Dev Patel, currently riding high with Slumdog Millionaire, has been cast as Zuko, a member of the Fire Nation who are the baddies of the piece (although if the planned three films follow the arc of the TV series, Zuko himself has a more complicated path to follow). His role was one originally earmarked for popster Jesse McCartney, whose tour dates prevented him from joining the film.

The lead role of Aang, however, goes to 12 year-old Texan newcomer Noah Ringer, who landed the role after uploading a video of himself doing martial arts moves onto Shyamalan's casting site. Aang is the last of the Air race, who can manipulate the element of Air just as the Fire Nation can manipulate fire. Aang is 12 years old, but spent 100 years frozen in a glacier (of course) and is the current Avatar, the spirit of the planet in human form. Which is a bit of a bummer when you're 12 and would rather not be fighting off the entire Fire Nation.

Nicola Peltz (er, Deck the Halls) will play Waterbender Katara, who frees Aang from the glacier and helps him on his quest, while Jessica Jade Anders, lately of Gossip Girl, will play Earth Kingdom representative Suki. Jackson Rathbone (Jasper in Twilight) also has a role, and has managed to juggle schedules so he can shoot both this and New Moon.

The film starts shooting in Greenland (eh?) in March, with a July 2, 2010 release date set. Shyamalan's planning a three-picture story arc, and now that the film's dropped the "Avatar" from its title, avoiding confusion with James Cameron's Avatar, let's hope that he manages it.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Terminator Salvation Pics Online
And McG explains his thinking
Exclusive: Step Brothers Deleted Scene
Watch Will Ferrell throw a hissy fit

Your Comments

Thats a good point
But one that's irrelevant if its Shyamalan directing. Personally, i cant wait for the twist ending. He was the fire-lord all along? Maybe the arrows turn out to be painted on his head! More

Posted by shanewire at 18:00 on 03 February 2009 | Report This Post

Shyamalan is a good director, but he can't direct his own material. Hopefully with someone elses story, his directing will come to the fore and really bring out something knew in him. I've always thought his style was well suited to fantasy epics. He grounds things so easily and naturally (at least in the beginning of his films...) More

Posted by Middenway at 01:05 on 03 February 2009 | Report This Post

this is the best news ever!!! well not ever but its pretty awesome! please shylaman don't mess up this awesome show!!! More

Posted by vivlitherland at 14:43 on 02 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hopefully Shyamalan stops sucking for this
I agree with shanewire, Avatar (as I will still be calling it) is a fantastic show, enjoyed by friends of mine in a wide age range (one being over 50!) and although I was sceptical of it at first with it being American-Anime, it showed a suprising depth and respect to its obvious asian influences. I'm thinking Dev Patel would be MUCH better suited to the role of Sokka personally, but then I've only seen him in Skins too. More

Posted by christofurr at 13:00 on 02 February 2009 | Report This Post

Hopefully Shyamalan stops sucking for this
It really is an amazing show. I've never seen any of the cast in action except for patel. And that was in skins, this is slightly different. He's gonna have to get pretty ripped to play Zuko who's a bit of a bad ass, although good natured. I hope they don't make it too childish. To anyone with reservations about watching the show cause its a cartoon, and think themselves above it, hunt it down now. Its amazing. More

Posted by shanewire at 10:59 on 02 February 2009 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

6 issues for £20 plus free Gourmet Society Membership worth £69.95!
Get 6 months of Empire for just £20 and not only receive the world's greatest movie magazine and exclusive subscriber covers but you'll also receive up to 50% off restaurants nationwide and more with a free Gourmet Society Membership worth £64.99!Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Spoiler Podcast
Featuring the director, Francis Lawrence

Empire's Jurassic World Trailer Tour
Updated: Director Colin Trevorrow guides us through the first trailer

Vote Now: The Jameson Empire Awards 2015
Tell us your favourite films and stars of the year

The Gift Guide 2014: 50 Must-Have Items This Christmas
Box sets, hardware, clothing, books and stocking fillers to buy

Empire's Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies Covers
Five armies. Five covers. The eagles, dwarves, elves, men and orcs prepare for battle in our Peter Jackon guest-edited issue

Josh Hutcherson On The Hunger Games Phenomenon
'I've done my fair share of young adult material now'

What Is A Squidward? A Beginner's Guide To SpongeBob SquarePants
If you aren’t already a massive fan, prepare to become one

Subscribe to Empire magazine
6 issues for £20 plus free Gourmet Society Membership worth £69.95!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)