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


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


'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.

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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  •  
    abv
    Feb 28, 2011

    I skipped the show entirely because of this mis-casting. disgraceful.

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    uh...
    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...

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    OMG
    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.

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    Khoury
    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.

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    Dev-gina
    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

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    grte
    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.

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    kay
    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!

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    zephyr...
    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,,,

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    jenny
    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 ;(

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    blah
    May 02, 2009

    so not fair jesse is a gizillion times better then dev patel(no offence) and totally more experienced

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    dew of heaven
    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!

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    Keira
    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.

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    Random
    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

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    tina marina
    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.

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    dude
    Feb 07, 2009

    what? That dude is NOTHING like zuko.

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    JesseFan4Life
    Feb 06, 2009

    Wtf? I want jesseeee!!!!!!!!!

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    CÚsar
    Feb 05, 2009

    He is more like Sokka, isn't?

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    JesseMcCartneyisHot:
    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!!!!!

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    warpath
    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.

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    rofl
    Feb 03, 2009

    EPIC FAIL. WHATS THAT? AN INDIAN? ROFL!!!!

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    moussajinx
    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!!!!

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    12456
    Feb 02, 2009

    Nooooooo! zuko's not supposed to be darker than katara!!!!!!! epic fail!

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