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Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Last Airbender: Cast Revealed! Is Zuko a No Go?


Slashfilm.com was the first to break the news that the main four characters of M. Night Shamalamadingdong's adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender were cast! That's about where the excitement stops.

Older fans of the series can easily tell on which civilizations the tribes were based. The Water Tribe has an Inuit influence, yet both the kids cast as Sokka and Katara aren't, one of them was even in Twilight. It did make me happy to see that they found Aang at an open call in Texas, but that was tampered at the casting choice of the antagonist, Prince Zuko. I am not saying that he is a bad actor, I rather enjoy his work, but Jesse McCartney does not seem to exude the, for lack of a better word, "dickness" of Zuko.

Was this the BEST picture to show Jesse's Zuko-ness?

For those of you that don't know, I'm a video game fanatic *coughshamelesspromotioncough*. My favorite RPG franchise is Kingdom Hearts, a co-production of Disney and Square-Enix. Jesse portrayed Roxas, a character linked to the main protagonist, Sora. This character is meant to provide the player with a new character to sympathize with and give more depth to the "Nobody" storyline. This character and storyline will be expanded upon more in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, but my point is that for all of the roles in which he doesn't play himself, they are mostly characters that are on the side of good. So in the big picture, Zuko doesn't seem like a stretch, but in this first "book" of the series, Zuko is quite the evil guy.

I have hope for this movie, but I will not pass my next judgement until the announcement of Iroh is made. As a fanboy of this series, there is no reason for you to listen to me, but if you are unfamiliar with the Avatar series, I hope that these films can do the series justice.

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