Yesterday I trekked over to Paramount's Times Square headquarters to check out the prototypes for their The Last Airbender toys, and as an added bonus, they showed us the new trailer for the film which debuted online today at Yahoo! Movies. While I've previously been completely blank on the who, what and why of this movie, the combined effect of the toys and the new, very excellent trailer have actually made me excited for this movie. Yes, an M. Night Shyamalan movie. I'm as surprised as you are.

What I like about this trailer is that it explains for the first time exactly who this lead character kid is, what his purpose is, and how the other characters fit in around him. It's also the most we've seen so far of Dev Patel's villainous Zuko character, and given that Patel is the only even vaguely recognizable actor in the film, it was probably high time he start showing up in more marketing materials. Hopefully Paramount is recognizing that there's a huge swath of people not at all familiar with the TV series but willing to see this movie, provided we understand what the hell it's about before opening day.

Check out the trailer below. The Last Aribender comes out July 2.

Watch in glorious high-res at Yahoo! Movies

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