Film Trailer: new territory for M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Last Airbender’

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For the first time, director M. Night Shyamalan (Signs, Lady in the Water, The Sixth Sense) who has previously explored the supernatural, will not be shooting his own original material. Though he wrote the screenplay, the live action film version is adapted from the successful 2005 animated series on the Nickelodeon television channel, Avatar: The Last Airbender. The title was going to be kept until James Cameron registered the ‘Avatar' for his sci-fi blockbuster.

Inspired by Asian art, mythology and the martial arts, this family fantasy adventure follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars who reluctantly puts his childhood aside to save the world. Filled with special stunning visual effects that bring this imaginative tale vividly alive, the boy must stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations. Since it's considered the "opening chapter" in the epic, it seems safe to assume more films are likely to follow.

Stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Jackson Rathbone (the ‘Twilight' sagas), Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, The Proposal), and introduces newcomer Noah Ringer as Aang. The film is co-produced by MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies.

The picture releases in the US for the July 4th holiday weekend, as well as Russia, followed by Australia on July 8 and several countries throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East, and South America by July 23, with a few countries releasing it as late as September.