Dev Patel, has been cast to play Prince Zuko. The young actor of comedic timing and with the general facial and body attributes to play Sokka; A Watertribe Warrior in the LIVE ACTION A:TLA, will instead be playing - Prince Zuko, he of the brooding angst and need to reclaim his honor in his father's eyes. (source)
So the anti-hero is brown and there are ethnic extras:
"It doesn't mean you're at a disadvantage if you didn't come in a big African thing. But guys, even if you came with a scarf today, put it over your head so you'll look like a Ukrainian villager or whatever."
Y'know this looks to me like so much throwing of dry, thin bones from M.Night and Paramount. (Jesse McCartney's Tour Date conflict - nice and polite fiction).
Yeah, I'm still upset. Yes, Avatar: The Last Airbender (Live Action) is still whitewashed to me. Moreover, aren't Inuit, Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan, South Asian and Meso-American civilizations not diverse enough?
Can casting and M.Night Shyamalan not conceive of four distinct nations who are all NOT WHITE? AND who are also not African?
Cause in real life? That list is a hell of a lot longer.