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22 May 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: USA Today

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M. Night Shyamalan's latest movie The Last Airbender doesn't hit our screens until next July, but USA Today has laid its printy mitts on shots of Dev Patel and Noah Ringer as two of the movie's key characters, Crown Prince Zuko and the last airbender himself, Aang, here seen mid-martial artistry.

Deriving its mythology from Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender, Shyamalan's latest will be less twisteroo-heavy than normal, although arguably there's a twist right at the start: Dev Patel's exiled crown prince is an imperialistic villain, many miles and several degrees of evilness removed from Slumdog's Jamal, whose motivation is to capture Aang and regain his position at home.

First Look At The Last Airbender
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First Look At The Last Airbender
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For much more from Shyamalan on his characters, the art of airbending, and the massive alien spaceship that appears at the end (oops!), check out the July issue of Empire, onsale May 28. The Last Airbender is released on July 2, 2010.

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Why are people writing off Mr my reckoning, he has made four very good films, and two average films (that still have oustanding moments in them). evrey great director has done below par work at somepoint. I can't wait to see what he's done with this!!!!. More

Posted by BestBoy at 16:32 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

This could go either way... but expectations are low
I loved Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. They were really well made films. The Village was good too... though not as much as the previous 2 films. With Signs, Night starts showing cracks in his output... and then the cracks expanded to the wreck level of his last 2 films. This new film needs to really have a great trailer and get good reviews for me to even think of going close to it. Is this even the right material for the director? We'll see what he makes of it... a part of me still wishes for him More

Posted by MrJinx at 20:40 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

This has a huge URGH!  We gonna have another Dragonball, hopefully this will kill Shamyalan's career for good. More

Posted by Langafelt at 19:43 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

Cant wait i love the cartoon! More

Posted by Kyuzo at 14:42 on 24 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Moderate potential
yeah whilst watching it I thought that the fire nation represented the japaneese, earth: china, water: inuits (sp) and air were some sort of buddhas hense the bald heads and meditation.   which is why all the casting is all wrong! regardless of acting ability! More

Posted by vivlitherland at 11:45 on 24 May 2009 | Report This Post

Dilemma:   I liked the original series, and everything about this film just screams STAY AWAY, but I liked Patel's performance in Slumdog Millionare and want to see something else with him in because, despite the ridiculousness of casting work done here and how bad the film almost definately will be, I think Patel will give a good performance.   So.................. wait for DVD? More

Posted by Cinema_Junkie at 01:36 on 24 May 2009 | Report This Post

I loved the animated serious and I gotta say that I'm sold on those two pics! As a fan, I couldn't as for better casting! Really exited about this movie now! But like others have mentioned hope Shyamalan doesn't balls such a great story up! More

Posted by Big Red at 17:25 on 23 May 2009 | Report This Post

Well it looks like the show
It's a great show for kids and thier parents. My only worry is going to be Night's take on it. If it's not dull and self indulgent it should be just fine. I love signs and unbreakable, but he can be such a risk to a project like this considering his latest track record...fingers crossed he makes something very speical from the source's content (which is vast). More

Posted by Rumpledink at 11:03 on 23 May 2009 | Report This Post

Moderate potential
To all those who have not watched any of the Avatar episodes, I would say that you are not missing anything terribly great. It takes alot of themes and elements of success franchises and blends it into something children can watch and be entertained with. The first one I saw was the the two hour series finale, Sohzin's Comet, and honestly, it is was a very enjoyable two hours. The fighting scenes are spectacular, very unlike the rest of the series. If the movie can somehow transfer that &quo More

Posted by chewynewyork at 19:37 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: M.Night
I think the Fire Nation is definitely Japan-esque, with the Earth Kingdom as China. The Air Nomads are kind of like Tibetan Lamas. More

Posted by general_potatoface at 19:02 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: M.Night
L: Jaded_Parrot Tis true what you say i just always thought that the Fire Tribe had a more oriental look about them ach tribe is meant to be like a different culture, Water, Eskimo and stuff so Fire Nation may be modelled on a japanese style, architecture an example More

Posted by dr_finklestein at 16:40 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: T'will follow Dragonball and Speed Racer...
Surely Dragonball and Speed Racer showed that films based on Nickolodeon/Anime cartoons don't translate to good box office appeal?   I've never seen the show and if it's wasn't for Night's name attached (and Dev Patel's to a certain extent), I'd have no interest whatsoever... and I have very little as it is. More

Posted by Timon at 16:35 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: M.Night
Tis true what you say i just always thought that the Fire Tribe had a more oriental look about them More

Posted by Jaded_Parrot at 16:31 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

I'm a big fan of M.Night Shyamalan, that said i've never seen the TV series on Nickelodeon, but i wouldn't mind seeing this at all because as i stated big M.Night fan so it's natural to me to have too see his latest work. More

Posted by DeathMag84 at 16:28 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Devfest!
To be fair not once in the entire show does it make reference to nationalities (save for Fire Nation, Earth Kingdom, Water Tribe and Air Nomads) More

Posted by dr_finklestein at 16:27 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Devfest!
Ive never watched or intend to watch skins so ill take your word for it but it still doesnt negate the fact that Zuko is Chinese!! and Pavel is about as Chinese as i am!! Just doesn't fit!! More

Posted by Jaded_Parrot at 16:22 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

I think Patel is actually well cast in this cos he has be doing kick-boxing for a couple of years now so I think he'll have the moves! Evidence; Skins, kicking the asses of 2 guys in a pub. More

Posted by dr_finklestein at 16:09 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

Did shamaladingdong actually watch the series and did he watch any bit with Zuko in?!?! Very bad casting there!!! I had high hopes for this but as ive just seen Zuko being played by Mr Slumdog Skins i have a feeling its going to be another flop!! Gutted EDIT: Hahaha at the guy that wrote the article for USA today (obviously did his reasearch) Aang manipulates the weather!!! ERRRR no!! he manipulates the 4 elements... Doesn't make it rain doesnt make it thunder!!! DOPE! More

Posted by Jaded_Parrot at 15:51 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

What's up with the kid's left hand? Is it deformed or is he just holding it weird? More

Posted by britesparc at 15:09 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

L: roganjosh It's going to be terrible ould be like The Happening, which was bad it was funny. More

Posted by UTB at 14:13 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

Loved the cartoon
I loved watching the cartoon, just not sure if Shyamalan is the right person to be in charge of this. More

Posted by cj5ar at 13:47 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

it could be just a bad angle, but cannot see zukos scar! after finishing watching all the series, the better give it justice, cos theyve already got the casting all wrong. redeem yourself to your good old ways m. night! More

Posted by vivlitherland at 13:39 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

It's going to be terrible More

Posted by roganjosh at 13:24 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

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