Dev Patel cast in The Last Airbender

Dev Patel, currently lighting up the screen as one of the kids in Slumdog Millionaire, has nabbed a lead role in M Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender.

Patel’s joining a cast that includes relative unknowns Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Twilight’s Jackson Rathbone and Jessica Jade Andres.

The Slumdog star will play a member of the Fire nation, who must shove aside his irresponsible ways to stop his tribe enslaving the other nations – Earth, Air and Water.

And while it’s good news for him (unless you don’t count being cast in a recent Shyamalan film as good news, which we can understand), it’s bad news for musician/thesp Jesse McCartney, who has had to give up the lead.