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Friday, 22 May 2009

Avatar: The Last Airbender - First photos of the cast

The less said about M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening the better. Instead lets turn our attention to the other Avatar film, not the one that James Cameron is doing in super-duper 3D, this one is Avatar: The Last Airbender.

USA Today had the first character photos from the production and you know what, they are looking pretty good. Noah Ringer, 12, makes his feature-film debut as the hero Aang. Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel plays the villain, a firebender named Zuko. The film is a live-action version of the show that opens 2nd July 2010.

Ringer didn't need to alter much to play Aang, who uses martial arts to manipulate the weather. Like Aang, Ringer keeps his head shaved and is an expert in martial arts. "It keeps me cool when I'm doing tae kwon do," says Ringer, a Texas native with a black belt who landed the role after sending a homemade DVD of him practicing the sport. "It's so cool to get the part."

Patel, too, seems suited for the film, the first of a planned trilogy. He earned his black belt in tae kwon do before he turned to acting and discovered the television show while filming Millionaire. "I started watching it in my trailer in India," says Patel, who plays the villain Zuko, a "firebender" (he manipulates flames). "I see why the fan base is so big. It's got action but a lot of moral messages."
Are you a fan of the cartoon? Do you feel the live action film will be a faitful adaption?

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