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Mandvi goes on an Airbender

14/03/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Actors Aasif Mandvi, Shaun Toub and Cliff Curtis have just joined the cast of M Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender sci-fi movie for Parmount. The science fiction film is due to begin shooting mid-March 2009.

They join a cast led by Noah Ringer, who plays the title role, Nicola Peltz, who plays the Waterbender Katara, Jackson Rathbone, in the role of Katara's brother Sokka, and Dev Patel, who plays Prince Zuko, prince of the Fire Nation.

Mandvi is set to play the role of Commander Zhao, an ambitious and hot-tempered Fire Nation commander. He will soon be seen opposite Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in Disney's The Proposal, and recently finished production on Seven to the Palace, his co-writing debut in which he also stars.

Toub, last seen in Iron Man, is cast as Uncle Iroh, the retired Fire Nation general and devoted surrogate parent to Dev Patel's character Zuko.

Curtis is set to play the ruthless ruler Fire Lord Ozai. He most recently appeared in Crossing Over with Harrison Ford. In addition, Keong Sim has been cast in the role of Earthbending Father.

Based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film The Last Airbender is the opening chapter in Aang's struggle to survive.

For those that don't follow the toon, it features Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.

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