The Last Airbender casting
The first casting has appeared for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, and it looks like the film is going for newcomers and casting young unknowns in the various roles.
There are some major casting announcements already made and they may seem rather surprising as there's not a big star amongst them.
The lead role of the hero Aang and his friend Sokka have been chosen and the character of the evil Prince Zuko is in negotiations.
According to Hollywood Insider Aang, the twelve year old Avatar who has powers beyond other Avatars and who has to learn to harness them in order to stop the Fire nation from destroying the world, has been chosen from open casting calls. He will be played by Noah Ringer who is apparently a karate student, and a well versed one at that.
Aang's friend is Sokka who looks set to be played by Jackson Rathbone who we just saw in Twilight, and Nicola Peltz from Deck the Halls is in negotiations to play the Fire Nation's evil Prince Zuko.
I really don't know the story for The Last Airbender, although I am interested in seeing the cartoon and catching up on what I'm missing, so I can't comment too much on the characters and the casting.
What I can say is that I think it's a good move not to involve well known names and to start from scratch with raw talent. Think the Harry Potter school of casting. They're going to grow into the roles and develop as the films evolve - as long as they do and the franchise continues, there is the chance that it won't. I just have to hope that it's not The Happening (Filmstalker review).