Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Alice and an Airbender

So, I found some stills for upcoming 2010 movies I'm very exited about. Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland and M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender (based on the Nickelodeon show, Avatar: The Last Airbender).

Alice in Wonderland looks really trippy; set in the perfect mad dreamland as the books. Johnny Depp is playing the Mad Hatter, which I'm quite excited about. Alice is played by a 19 year old actress, Mia Wasikowska. She seems quite perfect for the role to me. Supposedly, this adaption is taking place in Alice's teen years after the events in 'Through the Looking Glass'. Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathway have both been cast to play Queens. The costumes are brilliant from what I've seen from my sneaking around the internet and I hope to be in a movie theater March 5th when the film is coming out.

As for The Last Airbender, I'm truly excited that it's being made into a movie. Last summer, watching Avatar was like my thing at lunchtime and I was so disappointed when the final movie came out (I loved it, but I didn't want it to end!) Casting choices have been getting a lot of flack, however, and I don't blame anyone for wanting to protest the choices. White actors are portraying Asian and Inuit characters, or at least, the original show seemed to be heavily influenced by Asian culture, though placed in a fantasy world, so what the characters true ethnic group is really debatable. I'm not taking a side until after I've seen the movie, (or at least figured out what is fact and what is rumor) because I can't be certain who is actually in this movie. I mean, first it was Jesse McCartney playing Zuko and now it's Dev Patel. Who knows what's real and what isn't? (Alice's world isn't so different from our own, it appears...)

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