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Ya adaptation The Maze Runner enthralled audiences when it was released in August, and pretty quickly earned a sequel - in addition to $97 million at the box office. The cast of The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials is shaping up nicely to include returning stars and some new cast members. Dylan O'Brien and Kaya Scodelario will both return as Thomas and Teresa, along with Patricia Clarkson as Ava Paige. Lili Taylor is the latest addition to the film, but there might be even more additions on the horizon. Check out everyone who has been confirmed for the sequel, based on James Dashner's novels, so far! »
With production fast-tracked to meet release next fall, the sequel The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, new cast members were found pretty quickly for the film that finds the surviving group of teens who made it outside of the deadly maze now faced with a new set of challenges for survival in a futuristic world ravaged by devastation and disease. Outside the maze, Dylan O'Brien and his group run into other groups of survivors, some of which will be young (played by Jacob Lofland and Rosa Salazar) and others will be older (with Giancarlo Esposito leading a group called The Cranks). Now two more survivors have just surfaced. THR Reports Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) has joined the film in the role of Vince, a survivalist who is one of the last remaining soldiers of a legendary unit called the Right Arm. And Lily Taylor (The Conjuring), has landed the role of Mary Cooper, »
- Ethan Anderton
A few pieces of casting to report: Henry Cavill will star in the action-thriller Stratton, adapted from the book series by Duncan Falconer about British spy John Stratton. Nicole Kidman is in negotiations to replace Gwyneth Paltrow in The Secret in Their Eyes. Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star in the remake, directed by Billy Ray (Breach). Lili Taylor and Barry Pepper join the cast of The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials. Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Patricia Clarkson are set to reprise their roles in the sequel directed by Wes Ball. Hit the jump for more on each project. Per Variety, Cavill will also produce Stratton with his brother Charlie Cavill. Filming is scheduled to begin in the spring. Here's the synopsis for The Hostage, the first book in the John Stratton series: When an undercover operation monitoring the Real Ira goes horrifically wrong, British Intelligence »
- Brendan Bettinger
Will you make it out alive? Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you to unlock the mysteries of the maze on December 16 when The Maze Runner hits Blu-ray and DVD. Based on the book by James Dashner that made The New York Times best-sellers list for more than 100 weeks, The Maze Runner brings together an up-and-coming cast of young talent including (Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf, The Internship), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones), Will Poulter (We're the Millers), and Kaya Scodelario (Skins) that do whatever it takes to survive.
In this heart-pounding survival thriller based on the best-selling novel, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien of MTV's "Teen Wolf) wakes up trapped in a massive, ever-changing maze with a group of boys who have no memory of the outside world. Facing dangerous obstacles at every turn - especially the deadly Grievers that roam the concrete corridors at night - Thomas and the others must »
Fox's young adult hit The Maze Runner from director Wes Ball and starring Dylan O'Brien will soon be escaping theaters and making its way to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The studio has set a December 16, 2014 simultaneous release date for all the home video formats.
The Maze Runner is based on the James Dashner New York Times bestseller of the same name. It bucked the trend of most young adult big screen adaptations with positive critical reviews and worldwide box office business north of $225 million. A sequel, The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials, is already in production with September 18, 2015 release date.
Fox is releasing The Maze Runner on Blu-ray as a combo pack with DVD and Digital HD. The feature film will be presented in 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio and include the following extras running over two hours in total duration:
24-Page Prequel Comic Book written by Wes Ball »
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Nathalie Emmanuel, best known for her role as Daenerys' hand maiden Missandei in HBO's "Game of Thrones," has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel "The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" at 20th Century Fox.
Emmanuel will play Harriet, the leader of another group of maze runners. She joins a cast that includes Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson, Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito. Filming on the project begins next month. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men") will join Meg Ryan, Kara Hayward, Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage in "Fan Girl". Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the film and will appear as themselves.
The story follows a post-millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up »
- Garth Franklin
• Meg Ryan and Kara Hayward are joining Kiernan Shipka in Fan Girl. The film follows a 15-year-old post-Millennial teenager who combines her passions—making movies and idolizing her favorite band—in a final film project. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film. Gina O'Brien wrote the script. The film also stars Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage. All Time Low will lend their music to the soundtrack and will appear as themselves. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O'Brien and Jonathan Gray are executive producing. »
- C. Molly Smith
So far, Wes Ball's movie of The Maze Runner has passed $250m at the worldwide box office, off a surprisingly modest budget of $34m. Based on James Dashner's series of books, it came as little surprise then when Fox ordered film number two, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, very quickly.
In fact, it's arriving quickly too. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is landing in cinemas next September, a year after the release of the first film.
With time hardly on their side, it's understandable that Ball and his team are sliding the cast into place at speed. As well as the returnees from the last movie, we already known that one Game Of Thrones star, Aidan Gillen, is joining the film. And now news breaks that another is signing up too. »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emmanuel will play Harriet, the leader of a group of girls who escape from a maze and meet up with O'Brien's group.
The character features in both the second and third instalments of the book series.
It was recently announced that the Maze Runner series will not follow The Hunger Games' example and divide its final movie into two parts.
Watch the original's trailer below: »
The actress will play Harriet, who leads a group of girls out of a different maze, before she meets up with Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his crew of Gladers. Harriet will also return for the third installment of the franchise.
The Maze Runner stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt), Kaya Scodelario (Teresa), Patricia Clarkson (Ava Paige) and Ki Hong Lee (Minho) are slated to reprise their roles, alongside new cast members Aidan Gillen (Janson), Rosa Salazar (Brenda), Jacob Lofland (Aris Jones) and Giancarlo Esposito (Jorge).
The Ya adaption juggernaut marches on, with seemingly no end in sight, and the latest product of this highly popular trend is The Maze Runner, based on the 2009 novel by James Dashner, which puts a science fiction spin on Lord of the Flies. Our dystopian future (it's always a dystopian future, isn't it?) this time round is The Glade, a lush green pasture surrounded by a massive and ever shifting maze, that is home to a group of teenage boys who have built a thriving, yet simple, society for themselves, despite having no memory of their life before The Glade. With the arrival of Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), life in The Glade is disrupted, as he attempts to uncover the mysteries of the maze, hoping to unravel the real reason The Glade exists. From the opening frame, director Wes Ball grabs you and doesn't let go until the credits roll. The »
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With the Hunger Games franchise inching towards its close – albeit with the final book needlessly split into two films for sadly commercial reasons – the Young Adult movie throne will soon be vacant. Divergent had a so-so stab at the title earlier this year, with Shailene Woodley's charisma improving the sketchily explained narrative and sequels on the way.
But while the Veronica Roth adaptation was certain a cut above tried-and-failed Ya novel adaptations like Beautiful Creatures or The Mortal Instruments, it isn't the undisputed champion of the teen audience arena, just yet.
So could The Maze Runner become the 'next Twilight/Hunger Games/massive cash cow'? Well, it's a maybe.
In this dystopian (well, of course) tale, sixteen-year-old boy Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) awakes in an elevator, which rises into a grass clearing – surrounded by ominous towering walls. He's got no memory of whom he is or why he might have »
When the Harry Potter franchise split J.K. Rowling's final book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two movies, it started a trend that continued in similar franchises such as Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent. One young adult franchise that will not be following in those footsteps is The Maze Runner, according to director Wes Ball.
During an interview with Digital Spy, the filmmaker, who is currently prepping his sequel The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, revealed that he won't turn the last book in author James Dashner's trilogy, Death Cure into a two-part finale, stating "there is something off" about turning one book into two movies.
"I think three is the number; beginning, middle, end, that's it. Four? I think there's something off about four. For me, if I have any say in it, there's three movies basically. We're not going to [split a book in two], no way. I »
The film has already proved to be a smash hit Stateside, debuting at the top of the box office and guaranteeing fans a further trip into this dystopian world with sequel The Scorch Trials.
Digital Spy met up with cast members Dylan O'Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Aml Ameen, as well as director Wes Ball, to uncover five things you need to know about the latest Ya franchise.
Why did O'Brien nearly lose the lead role because of his hair? What makes this a "dirty" Hunger Games? And will James Dashner's final trilogy novel be split into two movies? Find out this and more in our video above.
The Maze Runner opens »
Another young adult sci-fi novel becomes a movie. Here's Simon's review of The Maze Runner...
The Maze Runner starts with promise. If the ongoing mantra behind screenwriting is to enter a scene as late as possible, then it's off to a flyer, in fact. We see Dylan O'Brien's Thomas dumped into the middle of a grassed glade, with no idea of what he's doing there and where he is. He's surrounded by a bunch of seemingly older teen boys in the same predicament. Oh, and there's a great big stone construction around them.
The clue to what that is in the title: the stone construction's a maze. More to the point, it's a maze that can't be escaped, that shuts its doors at night, and makes noises that test the bass of any half decent sound system. It would be fair to call the maze itself a CG achievement of some triumph. »
I haven't seen or read any of the reviews for The Maze Runner. I have been told it was visually impressive, especially considering it was made on a budget of only $34 million and the film is certainly doing well worldwide, having already made $175.4 million in 17 days of release. So, with Fox already planning The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials for release less than a year after the first one hit theaters, they are clearly hoping to strike while the iron is hot. In the sequel, Dylan O'Brien return as Thomas, but now that he and the rest of the teen heroes have escaped the maze they must now travel the wasteland that is Earth, ravaged by solar flares. Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Sangster, Jacob Lofland and Rosa Salazar are also returning. Joining the cast for the next chapter include Aidan Gillen ("The Game of Thrones") as the film's lead »
- Brad Brevet
With a release date set for September 18th, 2015 the cast of the Maze Runner: Scorch Trials has to come together quickly for production to begin this fall on the sequel to last month's young adult sci-fi box office hit. Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster are returning from the first film, and we just learned they'll be joined by more young cast members Rosa Salazar and Jacob Lofland. The film also landed a villain in "Game of Thrones" star Aidan Gillen, and now "Breaking Bad" villain Giancarlo Esposito is taking a role in the film as well, but it doesn't sound like he'll be quite so menacing this time. For those who don't know, the sequel follows the surviving group of teens who made it outside of the deadly maze and are now faced with a new set of challenges for survival in a futuristic world ravaged by devastation and disease. »
- Ethan Anderton
Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.
The 56-year-old will play a character called Jorge who leads a group of survivors encountered by Thomas's (Dylan O'Brien) group, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The second book in James Dashner's series follows the teenage cast as they escape the deadly maze into the blasted world beyond.
20th Century Fox will release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials on September 18, 2015. »
The Maze Runner stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt), Kaya Scodelario (Teresa), Ki Hong Lee (Minho) and Patricia Clarkson (Ava Paige) are reprising their roles in the sequel. New cast members include Aidan Gillen as the villainous Assistant Director Janson, a.k.a. The Rat-Man, Rosa Salazar as Brenda and Jacob Lofland as Aris Jones.
Gus Fring is headed to the Scorch. Giancarlo Esposito, who played one of Breaking Bad's most villainous characters, has joined The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, EW has confirmed. The Emmy-nominated actor will play Jorge, a leader of the Cranks, a group of survivors who run into the group of teenagers led by returning star Dylan O'Brien. Maze Runner Director Wes Ball will be back to helm the sequel, which welcomes back Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Also new to the cast are Parenthood's Rosa Salazar as Brenda, Mud star Jacob Lofland as Aris Jones, and Aidan Gillen »
- Emily Blake
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