Bending time for Shyamalan...

The Good Guy: Noah Ringer - 12, already had the look of Aang : an Avatar who can manipulate weather because he usually shaves his head to keep him cool for action anytime, anywhere !

The Bad-A$$: Dev Patel of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE as Prince Zuko. Ho! I would REALLY like to see this guy do some serious damage.

Something happened to M. Night Shyamalan. After THE SIXTH SENSE the guy just had so much potential which he lived up to with UNBREAKABLE, and then SIGNS. We all know what happened next. Now, the internet has published these first two photos of Noah Ringer as Aang and Dev Patel as Prince Zuko in Shyamalan's next film THE LAST AIRBENDER, and quite frankly I'm sad that Shyamalan is not directing his original material anymore. I just have to think about THE VILLAGE, THE HAPPENING, and LADY IN THE WATER to bring me back down to earth.

For years, Noah Ringer went by the nickname 'Avatar' because he looked so much like the lead in the Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. Now he gets to act like the character, too. Ringer makes his feature-film debut opposite Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel in M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, a live-action version of the show that opens July 2, 2010. Ringer didn't need to alter much to play Aang, who uses martial arts to manipulate the weather. Like Aang, Ringer keeps his head shaved and is an expert in martial arts. It keeps him cool when doing tae kwon do. He's a Texas native with a black belt who landed the role after sending a homemade DVD of him practicing the sport. It's so cool for him to get the part.

Patel also seems suited for the film, the first of a planned trilogy. He earned his black belt in tae kwon do before he turned to acting and discovered the television show while filming Millionaire. He started watching it in his trailer pad in India. Patel plays the villain Zuko, a 'firebender' (he manipulates flames). I can see why the fan base is so big. It's got action but a lot of moral messages. Though they square off on the big screen, don't expect any exhibition matches between the actors. Patel, seven years older and a foot taller, says it wouldn't be close.