Shyamalan casts THE LAST AIRBENDER

M. Night Shyamalan has begun casting THE LAST AIRBENDER. Yes amazingly Paramount Pictures have kept faith with the much maligned filmmaker after possibly the most embarrassing Summer blockbuster in years with this summer's THE HAPPENING. Something tells me they will be keeping a very close eye on this movie through every stage of production. This one will have a big budget, they can't allow M.Night's ego to run away with him here because they are hoping to have a high profile trilogy spawned from this movie. From EW...

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.
/film have taken the trouble of taking character/actor comparison photo's, which is very useful and you can find that HERE. THE LAST AIRBENDER, based on the popular Nickelodeon T.V. series will be released on July 2nd 2010.

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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.