For anyone who has seen the original series Avatar on Nickelodeon, you are probably chomping at the bit to see the upcoming live action theatrical release of The Last Airbender. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, it is the story of a 12-year-old Air bender named Ang who has been chosen to be the next Avatar, a master of all four elements; Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. He is destined to bring the world together during a great war led by the Fire Nation.
He begins a journey with two teenage members of the Southern Water Clan, Katara and her brother Sokka. Together they seek out masters of each of the elements to teach Ang how to use his powers. Along the way, they are constantly being pursued by Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation. He has been given the task of capturing The Avatar in order to prevent him from stopping the Fire Nation from conquering the world.
If the movie follows the course of the series, it will focus on Ang’s attempts to master the element of water. Katara is a novice Water Bender and attempts to teach him as much as possible, but her abilities are too limited so they search out the Northern Water Clan to help in his studies.
Many people are worried that M. Night Shyamalan will not be able to capture the essence of the series due to his recent failures at the box office. However, from the trailers that have been released, this seems to be a mute point. It appears to have a well balanced mixture of comedy, drama and action, just as the animated series had. It also looks like he has incorporated many of the key plot points from the series which was another topic many worried about.
The film will star newcomer Noah Ringer as Ang. He was chosen from for his martial arts ability and his strong resemblance to the character in the series. It also stars Dev Patel as Zuko, Nicola Peltz as Katara, and Jackson Rathbone as Sokka. There are no big stars in this film, which will allow you to watch the movie and get to know and understand the characters even more.
If you are unfamiliar with the original series, you may want to check it out before seeing the movie. Do not let the fact that it was an animated series on Nickelodeon fool you. With its rich story, strong characters, and excellent writing, it will draw you in and keep you coming back for more.
If you are content to wait for the movie, then you don’t have much longer. It will be released nationwide on July 2. You can check out all of the trailers and more at the official website www.thelastairbendermovie.com.