3 Reasons to Watch for Actress Nicola Peltz

You may not know her name, but 15-year-old actress Nicola Peltz – who stars in the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan fantasy The Last Airbender – could be changing that very soon. Here’s why:

• M. Night gives her a rave review.
“I told the studio I didn’t want to make this movie without her,” Shyamalan tells PEOPLE. “I said that only once before in my career, and that was when I met Haley [Joel Osment] in the Sixth Sense auditions.” They’re buds off-camera, too: He came to Peltz’s 15th birthday party with his daughters.

Shyamalan's Village Enjoys Killer Opening

Despite scary reviews, M. Night Shyamalan delivered a much-needed hit to Disney this weekend, as his No. 1 movie, The Village, had a bonanza opening with $50.8 million, according to studio estimates.

The Village, with Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody and Bryce Dallas Howard, took the top position away from last week’s champ, The Bourne Supremacy, starring a James Bond-esque Matt Damon, which slipped to No. 2. Even so, it’s a solid hit, having made an estimated $98 million in 10 days.