M. Night Shyamalan is set to direct the adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender; an anime-inspired cartoon series turned to live action film. But, it appears the fans are in a dramatic uproar.
Early this month on /Film they posted, first look photos of the Airbender cast. Not many were happy when they saw the photos of an all white cast. Jesse McCartney is supposedly in the works to play the character, Zuko, a Firebender and Nicola Peltz has been cast as Sokka’s fourteen-year-old sister Katara. An overwhelming percent of people are saying that Shyamalan is “white-washing” of their favorite series. Tom Sawyer must have thought it needed a fresh coat.
This animated series was first aired on Nickelodeon, now airing on the Nicktoons Network. The show is set in an Asian-influenced world of martial arts and elemental manipulation of air, fire, water and earth. The show follows the adventures of Aang, the main protagonist and his friends. Now the reason most of the fans are upset is because the belief is the main characters of the film should be Asian. It’s seems obvious enough if you look at the evidence. Asian inspired world, martial arts, all the main characters go by Asian names. Does Hollywood not want an all-Asian cast? Or, are the actors best suited for the roles just happen to be white? Unfortunately, that will not be determined until the movie is released possibly in the summer of 2010.
Will the fans riot and storm theaters, trashing the screens as the movie airs? Probably not. Will they continue to blast their fury on computers everywhere? Or course they will! The very first week of the movie’s release, there is sure be a huge turn out in theaters, simply due to the fact that there is huge fan base, and the people want to know if the film’s any good.
So cross thy fingers for M. Night’s new film, The Last Airbender. I can’t help but think, was that the twist?
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