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So three roles have been cast for the Last Airbender movie.



Zhao?

With very very quick Photoshop.

Aasif Mandvi is set to play Zhao, Shaun Toub is cast as Uncle Iroh and Cliff Curtis as Ozai.
Cliff Curtis looks like a wrestler! He could play the boulder.
Shaun Toub has a wise face- skinnier than Iroh, but what the hey.

Link to the official news release:

http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/03-12-2009/0004987974&EDATE=

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riicchan
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
Looking on the bright side, they're at least keeping the ethnicities consistent so far. :D

Plus, I like this guy's face. He reminds me of a pharaoh.
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
True on both counts.
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riicchan
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
ALSO, A SECRET TWIST THAT ONLY SHYAMALAN KNOWS:

OZAI

IS

THE BOULDER.

Seriously he moonlights with a successful and lucrative wrestling career. Of course it makes sense!
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
WAAHAAHAA!
THIS MUST BE A TRUTH! OZAI=BOULDER!
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yaytime
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Wait! Isn't that the guy from the Daily Show!???
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Yup, the guy from the Daily Show.
At least Zhao will stay funny.
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mekkio
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Aasif Mandvi? Daily Show Aasif Mandvi? Zhao's face with Mandvi's voice? That is weird on so many levels.
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
I Knooooooooooooow!
dungeonwriter
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
I love Shaun Toub, I'm so happy he'll be Iroh!!!
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
I think Shaun Toub will do a wise mentor role rather well.
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pandoras_closet
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
There is only one person who can play The Boulder. Just One.

Mick Foley.
bluejeans07
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Really? I'd have to say The Rock. XD
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bluejeans07
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
He wears the side burns/beard pretty well!
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
He'll have to shape up a bit though. If he does the agni kai with a little flabby belly... *pokes*
We can always blame the cakes.
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serenity_winner
Mar. 13th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Aasif.... Mandvi.


Is Zhao.


.............I'm hallucinating. I ingested something hallucinogenic and this is all a weird trip, right?
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
As far as the news release seems genuine, you're not hallucinating.
So maybe you need to ingest more hallucinogenic to make it all right. ;)
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rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
I don't know how much power he has over casting choices- or maybe he's not given many. We can also point fingers at producers and such.
teacup_werewolf
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YAY =D

But I still forsee moar wank from the fandumb
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Oh frik yes! That's what fandom does best: Wank!!
Makes for a great sound fx too.
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raddishh
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
Excellent choices, I like all of them!
Okay, yeah, so maybe Shaun Toub isn't as hefty as Iroh. You're right about the wise face. I like his vibe.
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
I'll hold my vote until I see them in their roles. But Shaun Toub somehow rings right to me. Yay for a fun Iroh!
alexds1
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM =__=

The diehard Zhao fan in me is somewhat displeased with the choice (not manly enough??!) but they could have done a lot worse! I will hold my opinion for when the movie comes out, then cry or squee as necessary.
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
I agree with you about the lot worse possibility. I think I was expecting worse. I actually let out a sigh of relief when I saw the pic. They could have totally changed his type and gone for small and fat! (Cake!Zhao would be canon!).
I'm not expecting too much of the movie so far. Let's hope he can make Zhao lulzy.
More manly Zhao is asking Hollywood producers too much.
neurona_muerta
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Since when chinese ethnics = indian ethnics? =__=

Weren't the roamers of the FN supposed to be chinese? :s

I think I am high on some fungus and bacteria I cultivated this morning in my practical lessons at the lab :___(
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
I always saw the earth kingdom as more chinese (must be the Earth King palace) and the fire nation as more Indonesian-Thailand and a few others mixed in.
I could be wrong too.
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zhaowatertribe
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
That man looks nothing like me. This is unacceptable.
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
No one but you could play yourself properly. Just hope the movie doesn't turn into an Ember Island production of your North Pole siege.
tammylee
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
I'm so not sure about this!
As long as he can be a menacing arrogant prick I'll be happy! =D
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Yeah. That's a definite wait and see situation.
conga_chili
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
I............... don't get all of this. What a bastardization of an already great set-up world.
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
That's what happens to most cartoon stuff translated into live action. Not all, but most.
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megalodon823
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
Majorly deviated from the ethnicities in the kids, though. Seriously all-white cast. I'm rather hoping they add some body make-up. I just can't picture a Sokka and Katara that aren't tanned.
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
I'm not going anywhere near the debate of ethnicity. Not with a 100 foot pole.
I can only hope for a fun film.
wodhaund
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
I.

Will spend the entire movie waiting for him to narrate something completely unrelated to anything to an invisible "Jon".
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
They better be making Zhao jokes on the Daily Show!! XD
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nenimo
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
awww, I was really hoping for John Goodman to be Iroh in the all white cast of Avatar.

The real question is who will play the important role of the cabbage man? I'm still holding out for Sir Ian McKellen
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
The all white cast now has Dev Patel as Zuko, so the fire nation is starting to be indian-middle eastern-pacific types.
Heck, some people suggested Shyamalan be the Cabbage Man. If he must make one appearance in his movies, let it be the one!
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leoprincess
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
I've long decided that this film wasn't going to get my money, so I don't care who they cast for what.
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Meh, I'll go see it anyway. My expectation are low, but I may get a good laugh out of it.
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blastermeister
Mar. 13th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
As long as the dark skinned actors play the evil fire nation American's can sleep at night.
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impetusofadream
Mar. 13th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
I'm kind of excited. I really like all three of these actors! Now if only were can get Naveen Andrews in to this movie in some capacity I will die happy. Well and Ken Watanabe and Cho Yun Fat!!!!!!

Ken Watanabe for Lt. Jee!!!!
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invaderk
Mar. 13th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Iroh = Shaun Toub = Yinsen...!

Interesting cast selection. I am not displeased by THIS batch. Definitely could have been more traumatic. xD
rufftoon
Mar. 13th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
I was expecting trauma, but got out of it pretty unscathed. Ouf!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 13th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Ok, So I haven't been keeping up with the casting.

But I'm assuming Jason Isaacs was too expensive? Or busy? Or just too awesome?
(Anonymous)
Mar. 13th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
LOL I was trying to think were I saw him before.. lmao Daily SHow xD!

EH I have not been excited for this movie at all and I continue to not be excited, so eh, idc x).
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