The Last Airbender (2010)

Four nations, one destiny.

Experience the thrilling live-action adventure based on the hit Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Join Aang, an extraordinary boy with incredible “bending” powers, as he journeys through an exotic land filled with magical creatures and powerful friends. As the Avatar, he is the only one who can end the age-old conflict between the four nations, Air, Water, Earth and Fire. An inspirational journey, The Last Airbender is exciting entertainment for the entire family!

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Dev as: Prince Zuko
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Written by: M. Night Shyamalan
Other cast: Noah Ringer (Aang), Jackson Rathbone (Sokka), Nicola Peltz (Katara), Cliff Curtis (Fire Lord Ozai).
Release Date: July 1, 2010 (USA) | August 13, 2010 (UK)
Runtime: 103 min
Boxoffice: $319,713,881 (Worldwide)
Critical Acclaim: 92% Rotten Tomatoes | 20 Meta Critics Score

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Production Notes

Having just come off of the seemingly out-of-nowhere success of the Oscar®-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” leading actor Dev Patel was in search of a role as different as possible from his “Slumdog” character, Jamal. While publicizing the indie hit, Patel submitted himself on tape for the Prince, and later got ‘the call’ from Shyamalan, offering him the part.

Says Shyamalan, “In actuality, vulnerability is Zuko’s strong suit. Dev Patel’s sweet spot is vulnerability. Dev was that man-child when we cast him for the part, the perfect combination of anger and compassion.”

Offers Patel (who watched “Avatar” during downtime on the set of “Slumdog”), “Prince Zuko is torn between his passion and his struggle to regain his honor in his father’s eyes. I always loved the story, because it has a lot of lessons to be learned, and I have always been a big Bruce Lee fan, so of course I loved all the martial arts stuff in the animated series.”

When Ringer and Patel met on the first day of shooting, a mutual respect was formed then and there. Per Patel: “I saw this 12-year-old kid come onto the set of this massive film and was surprised to see that he was just unwaverable. His martial arts training had really given him this steadiness and determination to go for it, regardless of the challenge.”

While leads Noah Ringer and Dev Patel both hold black belts in Taekwondo, the style of martial art from Korea, they would need to work on transforming their moves to fit with those called for in the film. The world of “The Last Airbender” uses the Chinese martial art known as Wushu, which incorporates several fighting styles.

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