Archive for the ‘Casting’ Category

Princess Azula Revealed At Last

June 27, 2010

Some of you may have seen a rogue screenshot floating around the tubes with some surprising news, well it’s true.  The folks over at Paramount have released The Last Airbender‘s final credit sheet, revealing everyone’s favorite lightning bending psychotic at last: 21-year-old Summer Bishil! Ms. Bishil’s credits include roles in Hannah Montana, Return to Halloweentown, Crossing Over, and the recently canceled CBS medical drama Three Rivers. In 2007, she was picked by Variety as one of their Top 10 actors to watch. Ms. Bishil was also nominated for the best actress Spirit Award for her role in the film Towelhead.

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Marshall Weighs in on Racebending

April 8, 2010

Jordan Hoffman with UGO.com was contacted recently by The Last Airbender producer Frank Marshall, to clarify the insensitive casting calls, and the race of the characters in general.

“agree[s] that this casting notice was poorly worded and offensive. However, it was not written nor distributed by the production, or the studio, but by a local extra casting entity that did not consult with either. “Ultimately, we all take responsibility for not doing a more thorough job monitoring these frequently used third-party agents and Paramount has since been in regular dialogue with Asian American advocacy groups including the Japanese American Citizens League and the Media Action Network for Asian Americans to ensure that such a mistake does not happen in the future.”

Marshall also produced the original casting breakdowns as they were first made available.

New Airbender Trailer and More

March 9, 2010

Frank Marshall has announced via Twitter that there will be a new The Last Airbender trailer attached to Iron Man 2 which comes out on May 2nd.

For those of you interested in being a part of The Last Airbender a new casting call has been announced.

An open casting call for the movie will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Independence Visitor Center at Sixth and Market Streets.

Producers are repeating their call for physically fit boys and girls ages 6 to 16 and men and women 18 to 65 – especially those with martial-arts skills.

Shyamalan’s crew issued a notice Friday, reading in part: “Wear your karate gi, dress casually, or come in the traditional costume of your family’s ethnic background.”

For those interested you can  e-mail CastingAirbender@gmail.com or call 215-552-8554. Those chosen must be available for two months starting March 22nd. Good Luck! Source

We have gotten a ton of M. Night questions from you the fans. We’re still accepting them up to March 10th. Remember you can email askmnight@gmail.com or use the FORMSPRING.

Exclusive: Haru, Is That You?

June 9, 2009

We’ve received word from Paramount confirming that young 10-year-old Korean-American actor Isaac Jin Solstein has been cast as ‘Earthbending Boy’ in The Last Airbender.

Isaac Jin Solstein

Isaac’s father, Eric Solstein, described the young boy’s role as being “pretty high up on the cast list.” When asked about the official title of the role, ‘Earthbending Boy,’ he thinks “most fans will be able to guess what character from the original cartoon that might represent.”
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Want to be an extra?

May 20, 2009

Michael Klein at Philly.com posted the following information on a casting call for extras :

Shyamalan’s people are looking for white men (ages 18 to 40) with blue or green eyes to play soldiers, as well as men and women (ages 17 to 80) who are white or of Korean or Japanese descent to play villagers. Work will start tomorrow and run for several weeks. Pay varies. E-mail photos to lastairbendercasting@gmail.com , and specify ethnic background in the subject line. Production wraps in early July.

Get paid to be in The Last Airbender? Sounds awesome, if anyone makes it in let us know!

Lauren Mary Kim is a Warrior

April 5, 2009

“But she’s a girl too.”

According to IMDb, Lauren Mary Kim has been cast as Kyoshi Warrior #3! As Aang so aptly put it in The Warriors of Kyoshi, “Relax, Sokka. Where we’re going you won’t need any pants!”

Tino Quezada and John Mitchell have also been cast as Fire Nation warriors.

Gran Gran’s Coming to Dinner

April 5, 2009

Philly.com is reporting that Katharine Houghton has been cast as Kanna, affectionately known as Gran Gran to her grandchildren Sokka and Katara, in The Last Airbender. Houghton is best known for her role as Joanna “Joey” Drayton in the socially groundbreaking film, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” which dealt with the controversial subject of interracial marriage.

Seychelle Gabriel is Princess Yue?

April 2, 2009

Seychelle Gabriel’s IMDb Resume lists her as playing the role of Princess Yue in The Last Airbender. As of now, this is not an official announcement, and should not be taken as such. She recently played Young Sand in the film The Spirit, and was seen in Zoey 101 playing the role of “Very Attractive Girl.” Sounds like Sokka’s type.

Mandvi, Toub, and Curtis Join the Search

March 15, 2009

Aasif Mandvi will take on the role of the evil Fire Nation Commander Zhao.

 

The Dragon of the West has a face! Shaun Toub has been cast as the wise, kind, and powerful Uncle Iroh.

 

Cliff Curtis will portray Fire Lord Ozai!

Keong Sim has also been cast as a as yet unnamed Earthbending father.

Principal photography is set to begin mid-March 2009!

The Search for Mongolian Extras

March 5, 2009

Casting director DeeDee Ricketts is on the move again, this time in Northern Virginia, as she searches for potential citizens of the Earth Kingdom!

“We’ll make you look like a warrior,” the casting director with dirty-blond curls tells the boy. She holds up a camera and says, “Now don’t smile.”

“Smile!” calls the boy’s father, who was born in Ulan Bator.

“No, he shouldn’t smile,” a casting assistant tells him. “They don’t like people to smile because it’s not how you really look.”

And what do Earth Kingdom citizens look like?

Like they’re from Mongolia. Or Cambodia or Laos. Something like that. Exotically Asian, at least. Like they could be an extra in a movie that’s based on a series that’s inspired by many Eastern traditions, from Japanese anime and Tibetan Buddhism to kung fu cinema and yoga. “Night doesn’t know what it is he wants, but he’ll know it when he sees it,” says DeeDee Ricketts, the casting director.

Ricketts also responds to the allegations of whitewashing the main cast.

“When you take a beloved story that has a fan base, you’ll never be able to make everyone happy,” says Ricketts, the casting director, who was not involved with the casting of principal roles. “There’s been some talk that we’re casting authentic Asians as a response to the backlash, which is totally wrong because our world is multi-ethnic and the ‘Avatar’ world will be multi-ethnic.'”

It’s also interesting to see the Post also got reactions from some of the actors at the casting call on the controversy.

“Yeah, I read about the controversy,” says Melanie Thong, 24, of Annandale. “I mean, Jesse McCartney? If it’s an Asian movie, you should have an Asian cast.”

“If you watch the show, all of them are our skin color,” says Liso Neou, 23, of Tysons.

“You can’t even name five Asian actors,” says Thong, rhetorically.

“Chow Yun-Fat . . . Jackie Chan . . . Jet Li . . . ” says Neou, and stops.

“Kids need to know there’s more diverse actors out there,” Thong says, her point made.

For more, visit the Washington Post.