The world is engulfed by the fires of war, and no one has the power to stop the inevitable destruction...until now.
For nearly a century, the Fire Nation has waged its deadly campaign for global domination over its fellow tribal nations of Air, Water and Earth. They offer but one choice to the tribes who fall to their might--complete surrender, or complete annihilation.
As the villagers vainly attempt to defend themselves, they stand behind the chosen few who can command their nation's element and 'bend' it to their will. Backed by enormous armies and weapons of destruction, however, the firebenders have already eliminated every airbender on the planet and now, they turn their attentions to the Water Nation, headquartered in their northern fortress.
One day, young waterbender Katara (NICOLA PELTZ) is out practicing her skills with her brother Sokka (JACKSON RATHBONE) when they discover a young boy named Aang (NOAH RINGER). But as Aang's airbending skills become apparent, Katara and Sokka realize that they have found more than just the last airbender. As the prophesied Avatar--the only one who can control all four of the elements--the young airbender is the lone weapon that can repel the Fire Nation's onslaught and ultimately restore balance to the war-torn world. But can he master his bending skills and become the hero he needs to be before it is too late?
A master storyteller, Oscar®-nominated writer/producer/director M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN ("The Sixth Sense," "Signs," "Unbreakable") brings the hit animated series "The Last Airbender" to the big screen, creating an epic, larger-than-life world that explodes with spectacular special effects, great action and exciting adventure.
The film boasts a talented youthful cast that includes--along with Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone--DEV PATEL ("Slumdog Millionaire") as the Fire Nation's vengeful Prince Zuko; SHAUN TOUB ("Iron Man") as Zuko's dedicated Uncle Iroh, aiding the Prince in his quest; AASIF MANDVI ("Spider-Man 2") as the Fire Nation's Commander Zhao, a military man without a conscience; and CLIFF CURTIS ("Live Free or Die Hard") as Fire Lord Ozai, who will reject anyone--including flesh-and-blood--who stands in his way.
"The Last Airbender" is based on the series "Avatar: The Last Airbender," created by MICHAEL DANTE DiMARTINO and BRYAN KONIETZKO, who also serve as executive producers. Producing with Shyamalan are SAM MERCER ("The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," "The Village") and FRANK MARSHALL (the "Bourne" series, "Indiana Jones" series), with executive producers KATHLEEN KENNEDY ("Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "War of the Worlds") and SCOTT AVERSANO ("Killers," "The School of Rock").
Joining Shyamalan's creative team are Academy Award®-winning cinematographer ANDREW LESNIE, ACS, ASC ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy), production designer PHILIP MESSINA (the George Clooney "Ocean's" series), Academy Award®-winning editor CONRAD BUFF, A.C.E. ("Titanic") and costume designer JUDIANNA MAKOVSKY ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"). Serving as co-producer is JOSE L. RODRIGUEZ ("The Happening"). Rounding out the production are multi-Oscar® -nominated composer JAMES NEWTON HOWARD ("The Dark Knight"), along with the visual effects & animation magicians at INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC ("Avatar").