Aang : The Legend of Avatar The Movie


Aang the Legend of Avatar be one of the most successful animated series on Nickelodeon. It The show was critically acclaimed and a massive success for Nickelodeon. So, when it finished with the third book fans want more about the stories (OK, at list I do). So, there are no surprise when they decide to lift up the stories in the movies.

Yup, Aang : The Legend of Avatar (or in US it called : Avatar : The Last Airbender) will be lift up in the movies. Not in animated but in the non animated movies like Dragon Ball which lift up in the movies : Dragon Ball Evolution.

The project is headed by M. Night Shyamalan who desperately needs a new hit on his resume to counter his falling reputation from each of his movies being consecutively worse than the previous.

What raised a sense of worry about this particular project is that many thought it just too difficult to translate the cartoon into live-action without it either being too extreme, goofy and corny (similar to Dragonball Evolution), or it not respecting the source material and therefore, the built-in fanbase.

The situation got real bad later on in the process, when casting announcements started hitting the web and many folks were up in arms over alleged racist casting choices in selecting mostly Caucasian actors to play Asian characters. This was most notable when young pop star Jesse McCartney was cast as Prince Zuko.

Fans were not impressed. Could this situation have any more negatives going for it?

Conveniently, he dropped out, and more conveniently they cast a non-Caucasian actor to replace him. Hot from the buzz surrounding Slumdog Millionaire, the talented Dev Patel stepped in to play the role and I thought it was a great decision.

Continuing the trend of addressing the lack of a multi-cultural cast, further casting announcements were made over a month later adding Aasif Mendvi, Shaun Toub, Cliff Curtis and Keong Sim to the The Last Airbender’s roster.

There were still doubts surrounding the movie and I didn’t feel much positive for the project. That is, until now.

USA Today has a pair of exclusive photos of Noah Ringer, the 12-year old Karate star in full costume as Aang (the Avatar) and of Dev Patel in costume as Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation:

noah ringer-aang

dev patel -zuko

The Last Airbender (the leading title word "Avatar" was dropped as to avoid confusion with James Cameron’s Avatar) is scheduled to open July 2, 2010.

Original Posting on ScreenRant.com.


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