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"The Last Airbender" Cast *More Added*

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 13, 2010, 4:22 PM
Random Useless Fact: (AKA: Woha! Tihs is cool!) The Paomnnehal Pweor Of The Hmuan Mnid.
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch as Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. :shrug:

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Just looking at the cast list should give us a pretty good idea of what Shaymalan is keeping in the movie, and what he is going to reserve for the next two movies. Pictures of the cast will also be up if they are avalible.

Jackson Rathbone as Sokka: www.prayformorningmovie.com/im…
Dev Patel as Zuko: images.buddytv.com/articles/br…
Cliff Curtis as Firelord Ozai: static.tvguide.com/MediaBin/Ga…
Nicola Peltz as Katara: i187.photobucket.com/albums/x1…
Jessica Andres as Suki: static.cinemarx.ro/poze/poster…
Noah Ringer as Aang: www.theavatarportal.org/blog/w… (On a personal note, his previous pictures REALLY did not do him justice! I think, and a lot of my fellow FAangirls think, that Noah Ringer is working Aang's classic heart-melting smile!!!)
Seychelle Gabriel as Princess Yue: images1.wikia.nocookie.net/ava…
Shaun Toub as Uncle Iroh: upload.moldova.org/movie/actor…
Aasif Mandvi as Zhao: www.netglimse.com/images/celeb… (Finally, Zhao DOES live! In real life, I might add...)
Randall Duk Kim as "Old Man in the Temple": ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2006/06/… (Could be an Airbender, or a Fire Sage in the Fire Temple on Crecent Island) (Note 2: OMFG! It's Gohan from the live action Dragon Ball atrosity! Spaz!)
Dee Bradley Baker as Appa/Momo (voice): img.listal.com/image/28763/180… (Not that what he looks like is important. But any Avatar fan who is an Avatard knows that no one can beat Dee Bradley's mouth! Zack Tyler Eisen (Voice Actor for Aang) tried and failed to copy him. I don't care how you feel about the movie, this is probably the best news EVER!
Katharine Houghton as "Gran-Gran" Kanna: www.lastairbenderfans.com/cute…
Ben Cooke as Avatar Roku: img.photobucket.com/albums/v15… (Just kidding! Here's a REAL picture)img.photobucket.com/albums/v46…
Keong Sim as "Earthbending Father": keongsim.com/images/video6-com… (Could be Haru's father?)
Julio Neira as Monk (uncredited)julioneira.com/photos/Julio%20… (This guy is uncredited, but I still felt it necassary to mention him. Definatly an Airbender!)

(The following will be cast members added to the list after this list was officially published. Yes, there are new roles being revealed... And the first new one is very pleasing to me...)

Young Zuko: Rohan Shah members.torontohapkido.com/upl… (You know what this means to me... even if they don't have the episode 'The Storm' in the movie fully, they are still possibly going to do a Aang and Zuko flashback like the one in the show. But, most importantly, he looks an awful lot like Dev Patel/Zuko)

Has anyone found any proof that Gene Simmons has been cast for the movie? I heard the rumor that he was cast to play a Dragon (possibly Roku's dragon Fang), but I haven't found any evidence to back that up.

Okay, let me make one thing perfectly clear: I am NOT a Racebender! I am the sort of person who perfers to wait until the movie comes out and see how the actors perform the roles rather than judging them on the color of their skin. (Hypocrites).

Here's my opinion of the casting, and their looks. I'm pleased with the casting. ESPECIALLY with the casting of Noah Ringer as Aang. Sure, I was a little worried when his first pictures just showed serious!Noah, but the smiling picture has me sold on his casting. And this is coming from a FAANGril. And I can't wait to see what kind of chemistry Noah and Nicola have, because Kataang is, to quote Mike and Bryan, the "DNA of the show" so that's one of the things I'm desperately hoping is right.

~OrlandoBloomFn, can't wait for June 2nd!

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Nothing
  • Reading: Kataang Fanfiction XD
  • Watching: Paranormal Activity (+Awesome Ending)
  • Playing: Okami
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Nothing
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TJDavis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010   Writer
Gonna say, not really an avatar fan but I have watched the first season, or book.. or whatever. and what I DO know of the casting I like so far. Thanks for the updates, even though I dont follow half of the info on plotlines or anything I do like the updates on the movie itself ^^
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LightEcoSage1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
You should watch the show. It's absolutely amazing. I'm re-watching the third season again and am about to watch the Finale. (I can't wait to see the Finale live-action, because the cartoon version is seriously the coolest thing I've ever seen animated, so live-action is going to EXPLODE PEOPLE'S BRAINS!

Sorry, I'm fangirling again. :lol:
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TJDavis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010   Writer
hehe its ok hun. I stopped watching over an argument with my lil bro. He kept saying Airbender was better than my ALL TIME favorite anime Hellsing. soo I stopped watching.
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LightEcoSage1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Ah. That's just a personal opinion. Besides, you could watch Avatar and say it is your all time favorite cartoon since it isn't an anime. That way, you can still call Hellsing your favorite anime. XD
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TJDavis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010   Writer
lol oh come on, it may have been american made but it had the "anime look" lol.
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zelocia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Student
I know the most important thing is their performance and how they portray the character. Maybe I will see the movie and if I like his performance, I will take back what I said about me not liking him being cast as Zuko. But I'm still unsure as of now.

I know it's not that unusual but it still bothers me. What bothers me is that he looks MUCH older than the actress who plays Katara.
:P

I know what you mean about not hating the original because it was adapted into a movie. But for me it's different because it's Avatar. Harry Potter for example, the last four movies were awful. Do I hate the Harry Potter series now? No. But because Avatar is a TV Show (and more specifically, an animated show), I just don't think they should have a live action movie. It may be different for you and the "Dragon Ball" series but to me, well, I just don't like it.
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LightEcoSage1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Giving the actors a chance... that is all I ever think people should do. I don't mind people critizing movies. It's just that, when I read a critism, I give more weight to actual performance and plot rather than my expectations. Which is why I can't understand some people all ready posting art here that makes fun of the movie.

Me: What do we have to make fun of? A single teaser trailer?!?

I somewhat agree with you on the adaption thing. I mean... I know that there will never be a ';perfect' adaption. It is physically impossible to take a whole TV season and compress it into a two hour movie without losing some stuff, so tabling some stuff so it happens in the next two movies instead. But there are good adaptions and bad adaptions.

It's funny that you should mention Harry Potter, because I agree with you. The first two movies were the best adaptions out of all of them. 3-5 were... okay. And this last one just left me like... "What?" It's not that the books got progessively worse, it's just that Chris Columbus did the best job. (Which is why I'm glad he's working on the upcoming Percy Jackson movie, since I'm a fan of the books.)

And don't get me started on videogame adaptions. Anything made by the Worst Director of all Time (TM), Uwe Bowl needs to go to Heck.

But I've liked Shaymalan's work, especially "The Sixth Sense", so I'm going to go see it. If it turns out to be bad, then... okay. I'll bemoan the fact that it wasn't good, and then come home and watch the show.
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tea78iscool Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
OMG I HATE UWE BOwl to!
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LightEcoSage1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Who doesn't? I always wonder what studio would be stupid enough to keep hiring him...
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tea78iscool Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
yeah he sucks as a director.
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zelocia Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Student
I understand what you mean about giving the actors a chance. I think that when people love a series so much, no matter what that series is or what kind it is (book, TV show, etc.), when a movie comes out they set really high expectations. And then they see the movie and they come out of the theater either in blinding rage or sobbing, and when they get home they write hate mail to the cast and crew... (OK, maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit...) :P I'm not saying this applies to everyone but to some diehard fans, it does. I'll admit it, I am a critic but I try to analyze the movie before I write a 100 page essay on why it was amazing or why it was terrible. I think of the good and the bad aspects of the film before I make my final conclusion.

Of course there will never be a 'perfect' adaption. When I heard Mike and Bryan contributing to the film as well made me feel somewhat better. They'll know what to keep it and what to take out. Maybe they'll even add some things that they almost had in the episodes but they were cut out. And if that does happen, it could go either way... "that was really awesome" or "well, they could have left it out..." :P

I reread Half-Blood Prince before I saw the movie and boy, was I angry when I left the theater. :P I was at my country house last summer so I had to go to a theater some 45 miles away to see it and the whole way back home, I told my mom almost every little single thing they changed. I hate to say it, but I'm the kind of diehard fan who, if I hated the movie enough, would send hate mail to the cast and crew (lol, not really but I would say I would). After seeing HBP last summer, I had half a mind to send the WB a hate letter but I ended up not doing it. :P Yes, Chris Columbus did a great job with the first two movies. I think PoA was a good movie but it was not as faithful to the book as I would have liked. I also have a special dislike for the third movie because it was when they thought that the characters could start wearing "normal clothes" on occasions. As for GoF and OoTP, I understand that they were two of the largest books in the series but they did a bad job of condensing it down, IMO.

As for videogame adaptations, I just steer clear of them because in almost all cases they end up just terrible.

I've never seen any of Shaymalan's movies. But after talking to you I might just kind of want to see The Last Airbender... but I'm still kind of iffy. :P

Yes, I overuse ":P"
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LightEcoSage1 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
It's completely up to you whether you want to go see it. I understand that some fans have a harder time with changes than others. (I'm usually pretty okay with changes as long as they make sense, are logical, or are necassary to make the film). For example, for "The Last Airbender", changing the Sozin's Comet deadline from 'the end of summer' to 'three years'.

This is one change I'm extremely happy about, mostly because I was worried about the actor's (especially Noah Ringer's) ages. It will take about six years to make all three films. Imagine trying to pass off a boy that is actually 18 as a 12 year old. Not possible. It's much easier to pass off a 18 year old as a 15 year old.

When I go to see an adaption, I go in expecting changes to happen. And I'll even try to decide what changes I would make if I were in charge of the film adaption. It helps alot.

Watching this video a fan made on YouTube might also help: [link]
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zelocia Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Student
Really? I didn't know that they changed it to three years. Knowing that really makes me want to see the movie now...haha. I sometimes have trouble with change, but I can handle it if it makes sense. Thanks for the link! I watched the latest update a couple minutes ago...I'll probably watch the other ones soon...
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By the way, thank you for taking time to respond to my comments.
:)
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LightEcoSage1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
My work here is done! (nod)
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zelocia Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Student
Although I still don't like the idea of the live action movie, it's going to happen no matter what I think. :P

I agree with you about Noah Ringer as Aang. I was a bit worried when I saw this picture a little while ago: [link] but when I looked at that other picture that you linked, I think you're right about his smile.

I don't like it that Dav Patel was cast as Zuko because... well, I don't really know why. Zuko is my favorite character and I at least think they could have cast someone who looks more like Zuko. I noticed most of the people cast for people from the Fire Nation have darker skin, which I think is kind of wrong.

I don't like Jackson Rathbone as Sokka either. He's 25 years old playing a 15 year old! That's just weird. And Katara's actress is only fourteen. In the show, Sokka and Katara are only one year in age difference. Not eleven years.

I'm 99.9% sure I'm not going to see the live action movie because I'm afraid it will make me hate Avatar. I can't even imagine that. :/
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LightEcoSage1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
I'm not worried about the movie at all. After all, Mike and Bryan are writers and producers for it. They won't let it stray too far, and everytime they get asked about the movie, they make the same response: "It is a very faithful adaption on Book One." I trust their judgements.

About Zuko... I'm not going to get into the race thing, because I can't see how it matters. All that matters to me is: can he portray Zuko's character, and I'm not going to make that judgement until I see the film.

And about Sokka: it's not that unusual for a 20-ish year old to play a teenager. In fact, it is much more common then getting actual child actors. I mean... I'm 20 years old, and people often mistake me for 14-15-ish. The advantage of doing this is because child actors are extremely limited in the amount of work they can do. (ie: work only a certain number of hours a day.) Getting an older person to pass off as a teenger means that they get much more time to work with him. 15 is about the right age where they look for older actors rather than actors of that age.

No adaption could ever make me hate the original source material, and I KNOW what I'm talking about. I'm a fan of the book series "Eragon" and saw the terrible adaption they made out of the first book. And I'm a fan of the "Dragon Ball" series, and I saw the atrosity that they have the nerve to call a movie. But neither made me hate the original source material. In fact, it make me appreciate it even more.

Me: Well... those movies sucked... but at least I have the good original material to make me remember that the series itself doesn't suck, just the way the directors/producers/writers handled it.
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TJDavis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010   Writer
O_O DBZ fan... girl... girl who is a fan... *falls in love*
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Religion0 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually, I don't like Noah as Aang. His smile looks... Fake! His mouth has it right, but his eyes just lack it! The rest of him is fine, but...

I think Dev Patel and Jack Rathbone ought to shift roles, but that might just be what I'm thinking for now. I outright like Jessica Andreas as Suki, and all Nicola Peltz needs are a pair of coloured contacts.
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LightEcoSage1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
I think it's funny that you said that Dev and Jack should switch roles, because Jack Rathbone originally auditioned for the role of Zuko.

But he read some of Sokka's lines to show his range, and the casting director liked his Sokka much more than his Zuko.

I think he really likes it now, because most of his interviews have him ranting about how great his fight scenes are. (Facing off against three guys with nothing but a boomerang.)

I liked Suki's casting too. She's really pretty.

And, thankfully, color contacts is a really easy fix. Though it won't be an enjoyment-destroyer if she doesn't have blue eyes.
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Religion0 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, huh? What d'ya know! I'm sure he'll be a good Sokka.

Yeah, I can totally imagine her as Suki.

It'd probably bother me a lot, but they should be able to make them off-blue at least, which is enough.
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