Slumdog Millionaire is bringing more than just awards to those involved with its production, it's also bringing new opportunities. Variety reported that Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel has recently joined the cast of The Last Airbender. According to director M. Night Shyamalan, Patel was already in the running but his role in Slumdog brought him to the forefront. Patel will play the villain Prince Zuko, replacing Jesse McCartney whose music career interfered with production scheduling.
Other actors involved in the film include newcomer Noah Ringer (who was cast based on a virtual audition video), Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone and Jessica Jade Andres. Production on The Last Airbender is scheduled to start in March and the film is slated to be released July 2, 2010