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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 02/25/2009

Be in the Next M. Night Shyamalan Movie

By Jen Chaney

This man could be your boss. (Reuters)

You've always wanted to be in an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Okay, maybe not "The Lady in the Water." But, you know, another one.

This weekend may give you that chance. Two open casting calls for Shyamalan's next film, "The Last Airbender" -- based on the Nickelodeon series "Avatar: The Last Airbender" -- will be held in Arlington this Saturday. The producers are looking for actors of Mongolian, Cambodian or Laotian heritage, which suggests the filmmaker is responding to previous criticism from "Avatar" fans about the cast looking a little too Caucasian.

Anyway, details are as follows:

From 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, an open call for Mongolian-American males and females between the ages of 5 and 85 will be held in the party room at the River Place Apartments, located at 1011 Arlington Blvd.

From 1 to 5 p.m., a larger call for Cambodian, Laotian and Mongolian actors -- again, male and female, ages 5 to 85 -- will be held at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at 1611 N. Kent St.

If you're chosen, the positions will be paid and the cost of travel and housing will be covered. Filming is slated to take place in Philadelphia (home of pretty much every Shyamalan movie shoot) as well as Greenland and possibly the Far East. Plus, Dev Patel of "Slumdog Millionaire" recently was cast in the movie. So maybe in between takes, he'll do the "Jai Ho" dance with you! (Or, um, maybe not).

If you're interested, you should e-mail a photo, your name, phone numbers, age and availability to You can get more information by calling 215-574-7878.

And since Shyamalan plans to make this the first in a trilogy, who knows? You could become part of a film franchise ... or at least a single movie that is hopefully way better than "The Happening."

By Jen Chaney  | February 25, 2009; 12:56 PM ET
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Hm, thanks for the info! Maybe I will go with a protest sign, it's so upsetting how they're handling the live-action adaptation of the show. It could have been awesome, but. Sigh. :(

Anyone who's not familiar with the situation, there is a -wealth- of information here -- ( -- basically, the show and all of the characters are modeled on/depicted as from Asian cultures, and Paramount cast all four leads in the flick white.

They recently switched the lead/villain character from Jesse McCartney to Dev Patel. So there's an Asian in the leads but he plays...the enemy. (Though, Dev Patel is excellent and this is by no means a swipe on him. Seriously, I'd want to learn 'Jai Ho' with him too.) The East West Players and Media Action Network for Asian Americans recently came out against the absolute nonsense as well. (Really, what year is this!?)

Also, there's a good video here that puts the show alongside its real-life influences. (And shows how Aang is seriously, a little Tibetan monk kid.)

Posted by: dream-out-loud | February 25, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

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