Three More Join Shyamalan’s “Airbender”

Aasif Mandvi (TV’s “The Daily Show”), Shaun Toub (“Iron Man,” “Kite Runner”) and Cliff Curtis (“Live Free or Die Hard,” “Virus”) have joined the cast of M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender” for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.

Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature follows four nations (Air, Water, Earth, Fire) tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction.

Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.

Mandvi is set to play the role of Commander Zhao, an ambitious and hot-tempered Fire Nation commander. Toub is cast as Uncle Iroh, the retired Fire Nation general and devoted surrogate parent to Dev Patel’s character Zuko.

Curtis is set to play the ruthless ruler Fire Lord Ozai. Keong Sim has also been cast in the role of Earthbending Father. “Slumdog Millionaire” star Dev Patel has already been cast as the Fire Nation’s Prince Zuko.

Shyamalan, Sam Mercer and Frank Marshall are producing with shooting kicking off mid-March 2009.