Dev Patel Cast in The Last Airbender

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Dev Patel, best known - or only known, really - for his role in Slumdog Millionaire, has been cast as Zuko in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed live-action adaptation of The Last Airbender.

According to Variety, the actor will take on the role initially accepted by Jesse McCartney, who backed out to conflicts with his tour schedule.

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Patel joins newcomer Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz (Deck the Halls) and Jackson Rathbone (Twilight) in the The Last Airbender.

Its production begins in mid-March, with a July 2010 release date scheduled.

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