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Jesse McCartney Out of 'The Last Airbender', Dev Patel to Replace

February 02, 2009 09:11:18 GMT

'Slumdog Millionaire' star Dev Patel has been reported to be filling the shoes of Zuko in place of Jesse McCartney who is knocked out from 'The Last Airbender' due to scheduling conflict.


Jesse McCartney Out of 'The Last Airbender', Dev Patel to Replace
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Despite his earlier assurance to fans that he is putting his best foot forward for his role in "The Last Airbender", Jesse McCartney is no longer attached to the feature film adaptation. Of the matter, Variety reported the pop singer has to bow out from the project due to scheduling conflict with his touring dates.

Explaining McCartney's exit, director/writer/producer M. Night Shyamalan stated, "Jesse had tour dates that conflicted with a boot camp I always hold on my films, and where the actors here have to train for martial arts." The "Leavin'" singer was actually attached to Zuko character, who is the Fire Nation's evil prince.

Coming in to replace the 21-year-old is "Slumdog Millionaire" lead actor Dev Patel. About the choosing of the rising star, Shyamalan revealed that the 18-year-old was "already one of the guys I was interested in." The filmmaker then added, "Then I saw 'Slumdog Millionaire,' and the kid just grew in my eyes." By joining the project, Patel will be featured alongside "Twilight" actor Jackson Rathbone and newcomers Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz and Jessica Jade Andres.

A live-action film version of Nickelodeon's animated series of the same name, "The Last Airbender" will see Noah Ringer as Aang, Dev Patel as Zuko, Nicola Peltz as Katara, Jackson Rathbone as Sokka and Jessica Jade Andres as Suki. Production is expected to begin in mid-March in Greenland for July 2, 2010 U.S. release. The movie is said to be a part of a trilogy.

© AceShowbiz.com




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posted by abv on Feb 28, 2011
I skipped the show entirely because of this mis-casting. disgraceful.
posted by uh... on Feb 26, 2011
I don't think dev is a bad actor and I'm not against him... but i just don't think he had the right look to be Zuko... i'm not being racist, it's not his skin color, its just his looks in general...
posted by OMG on Oct 15, 2009
VERY TRUE. THIS MOVIE WILL SUCK NUT SACK ROFL!!! M. NIGHT SHOULD LISTEN TO HIS FANS SO THAT HE CAN PREVENT HIMSELF FROM MAKING ANOTHER HORRIBLE HORRIBLE MOVIE.. OR HE CAN VISION IT HIS WAY AND LOSE A SHIT LOAD OF MONEY.
posted by Khoury on Oct 15, 2009
what...the....fuck... I am shocked that Nickelodeon is going this way with the movie... Water TRIBE, that's why they made the the water tribe look like philipino/idian in the show "TRIBE".... Aang is the only one that fits the role because he looks like a monk which is what he should be. And Fire Nation is more Caucasian looking if any nation should look caucasian... i'm a big fan and i'll be sticking with the Cartoon series.
posted by Dev-gina on Jun 24, 2009
again...Dev can go eat a dick. so can m. night; he prolly hooked dev up with this role. what a doucher. they should've kept dante basco as zuko. i went to go see transformers 2 and i was really pumped for this movie until i found out the dev patel asshole fukin ruined the whole damm movie for me. shyamalan needs to b hung by his balls and beaten over the head with bats. screw him; screw the movie. they should've gotten the same ppl who made crouching tiger hidden dragon cast and direct this film; and also fuck nickelodeon for letting this happen u push over bastards. i outta kik dev right in the nose
posted by grte on Jun 01, 2009
To warpath, persians are mostly white. or will you say that adrian pasdar(nathan-Heroes and persian) is black, yellow or brown? I love Dev.
posted by kay on May 09, 2009
Dont see dev as zuko at all!! he looks too awkward or someting, he cud be sokka maybe but zuko!? ill wait till i see the trailer but so far dis movies lookin crap!
posted by zephyr... on May 04, 2009
no way! when i heard that jesse will be a part in the said film I'm too excited to see his performance but know.. its really depressing to know he's not part anymore.. i'm not against with dev.. but i'm jesse's fan so i expect more of him... hmmm.. anyways goodluck to both of them,,,
posted by jenny on May 02, 2009
WHY? I;M SURE DEV PATEL IS A GREAT ACTOR AND STUFF BUT WE ALL WERE WAITING TO SEE JESSE. OH WELL EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR THE BEST ;(
posted by blah on May 02, 2009
so not fair jesse is a gizillion times better then dev patel(no offence) and totally more experienced
posted by dew of heaven on Mar 08, 2009
Well, Casting Department, that's MUCH better! Still not Chinese, but at least he's Asian. More importantly, Dev is a great actor, I'm sure he can pull it off!
posted by Keira on Mar 07, 2009
It's not fair to kick him out like dat. Urgh i hate it. I'm not going to watch if Jesse is no longer acting.
posted by Random on Feb 22, 2009
M.Night sucks big time...Zuko is Chinese Asian...Not Indian Asian...WTF is wrong with him...Stupid dick's going ruin the whole movie..just like Dragon Ball
posted by tina marina on Feb 17, 2009
The problem with the race is that Zuko is supposed to resemble a brooding Japanese teen, not an awkward Indian one. I don't know where the hell M. Night got into his head that Jesse MaCartney would be right for this role at all, though. Not only in looks, but also in talent -- a few seasons on "Summerland" are hardly enough acting chops.
posted by dude on Feb 07, 2009
what? That dude is NOTHING like zuko.
posted by JesseFan4Life on Feb 06, 2009
Wtf? I want jesseeee!!!!!!!!!
posted by César on Feb 05, 2009
He is more like Sokka, isn't?
posted by JesseMcCartneyisHot: on Feb 04, 2009
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! well now the last air bender is going 2 be shit and im not gonna bother seeing it without Jesse McCartney its TOTALLY F**KED UP!!!!!
posted by warpath on Feb 03, 2009
Don't be racist. They casted a white guy as the prince of persia, a white guy as Goku in Dragonball, for the first time they have made a right choice and chosen a person of another race instead for a part.
posted by rofl on Feb 03, 2009
EPIC FAIL. WHATS THAT? AN INDIAN? ROFL!!!!
posted by moussajinx on Feb 02, 2009
Has anyone in the casting department actually WATCHED THE SHOW!interrobang! STILL DOING IT WRONG! (Though I`m beginning to believe the horrific rumours of M. Night casting himself as Iroh. NOooooooo!!!!
posted by 12456 on Feb 02, 2009
Nooooooo! zuko's not supposed to be darker than katara!!!!!!! epic fail!

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