‘Teen Wolf’ Star Dylan O’Brien Takes Lead Role in ‘The Maze Runner’

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MTV’s supernatural drama Teen Wolf returns for a third season this summer, and returning with it is Dylan O’Brien, who plays the best friend of the series’ central character, Scott (Tyler Posey), an unlucky teen who finds himself cursed with super-powers, great hair and intermittent transmogrification after being bitten by literal Alpha male, Derek (Tyler Hoechin). O’Brien’s character, Stiles, is charged with supporting his friend through the difficulties of adolescent werewolfhood.

O’Brien is now planning to leave his sidekick role behind him, however, as he takes the lead in the forthcoming adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult novel The Maze Runner – a dystopian sci-fi set in a community of teenage boys who have their memories wiped before being introduced to the open expanse of the Glade, a concrete-walled area adjacent to an enormous maze.

Deadline reports that the Teen Wolf star will play Thomas, the film’s protagonist and the latest male arrival to the Glade. O’Brien is the first American actor to join the cast so far, and other names already attached to the film include Kaya Scodelario (Skins), Aml Ameen (Kidulthood), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones) and Will Poulter (Son of Rambow). The film originally had Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke attached to direct, but she’s since been replaced by VFX artist Wes Ball, for whom The Maze Runner will be a feature debut.

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It’s difficult to get a sense of what to expect from this film; the script was written by The Today Show producer Noah Oppenheim and, if it beats his Jackie Onassis biopic to the big screen, will also be his feature debut as a screenwriter. It seems as though Twentieth Century Fox is playing this one quite cautiously in terms of budget, which is understandable considering the fact that Dashner’s works don’t have the same kind of following as the likes of The Hunger Games, Harry Potter or Twilight.

Having said that, smaller names don’t necessarily mean a small amount of talent, and most of the named cast so far are arguably on the verge of becoming breakout stars. O’Brien brings with him a dedicated following of Teen Wolf fans (meaning teenage girls – one of the most lucrative markets there is), and Kaya Scodelario comes from the same British teen drama that kick-started the careers of Dev Patel, Nicholas Hoult and Joe Dempsie. If The Maze Runner turns out well, there’s franchise potential to be found here.

If any Screen Rant readers are fans of Dashner’s novel, let us know what you think about this casting choice for Thomas. If you haven’t read the book, does this Lord of the Flies meets The Hunger Games premise sound intriguing enough to get you excited for The Maze Runner? Share your thoughts in the comments.


The Maze Runner is expected to hit theaters in 2014. We’ll keep you up to date on any future details.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I’ve read it! It’s a great book, with a huge mystery as to what’s really going on and the purpose of the maze. I think Dylan O’Brien will do a great job, I’ve only seen one episode of Teen Wolf, but he was by far my favorite on the show.

  2. I’m a huge fan and a bit surprised by this casting… Not in a bad way… Just surprising. I’m sure he’ll do a great job, as will Kaya. Can’t wait!

  3. Great book, though the sequels/prequel are not as good. Not sure how well it will translate to a movie since it takes place in basically one small setting, but looking forward to it nonetheless.

  4. soooooo.. will this make him a Gladerunner? or maybe a Glade-iator?

  5. “…does this Lord of the Flies meets The Hunger Games premise…””

    It’s more like Lord of the Flies meets Ender’s Game actually.

    • Agreed!

  6. First of all Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) was not the one who bit the main character in Teen Wolf. It was the villain of the first season Peter Hale (Ian Bohen), who was the alpha at the time.

    Secondly, Dylan O’Brien is very talented, he’s a very good choice for the lead role and I’m sure he would do a great job.

    • Thank you!! I was wondering did anybody else catch that. And I think Dylan will be awesome! I watch Teen Wolf (like religiously) and he is one of my three favorite characters on the show.

    • I was thinking that! X)

  7. I have read The Maze Runner books and fell in love with them. Normally, I find myself disappointed with the cast of books-turned-movies, but I was thrilled to find out Dylan would be playing Thomas. I can not think of anyone who would play the part better. I’m ecstatic to see the movie, which will sure be a hit.

  8. I absolutely love the book. It is actually my favorite!
    And I think that Dylan O’Brian will do an awesome job! I think they chose very well for the cast. For one, all of the characters look exactly how I pictured them and that is a big thing for me. They have to look the part in order to make it all come together. I think the movie will be good and if it isn’t, just a warning, every single movie website and the director of the film will hear it from me! = )

  9. I’ve never read the novels before, however, I am a huge fan of Teen Wolf (where Dylan plays one of the lead characters), and loved his character so much – I had to see what else he was playing in. And voila.

    His acting in Season 3B of Teen Wolf shows that he can actually act, and may well be a good choice for the main character in what could be a huge franchise. Kudos to him landing the role, and I’m looking forward to the trailer this month.

  10. Great book. IMO better than the hunger games. The story line is amazing. Dylan is a great actor for the role of thomas. Being a teen wolf fan myself I’ve watched Dylan a lot and he’s an outstanding actor. Hopefully the other two books of this trilogy are also made into movies. I’m looking forward to Dylan taking a lead role in this film