Just because Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) has escaped the maze, it doesn’t mean the puzzle is over. Young adult sci-fi franchise The Maze Runner will continue this fall with Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the second instalment of a story about humanity trying to recover from devastation, and the teenagers caught up in that struggle.
Picking up from the Gladers’ daring escape at the end of The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials finds them in the dubiously safe hands of WCKD, the organization that initially placed them in the maze as part of an experiment. The latest face of WCKD is Assistant Director Janson, played by Game of Thrones star Aiden Gillen, who takes the escaped teenagers into his custody and sets in motion ‘Phase 2’ of their trials.
20th Century Fox has now released the first full clip from Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, in which Thomas and Janson face off against one another in an interrogation that only has one question (well, technically there are two questions). Janson seems friendly enough, but WCKD is very good at disguising its true nature. As the first trailer for The Scorch Trials demonstrated, it isn’t long before the Gladers decide to escape WCKD’s clutches and take their chances in the desolate, highly dangerous equatorial desert known as the Scorch.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials sees Wes Ball return as director with a script by T.S. Nowlin, who co-wrote the screenplay for The Maze Runner. The films are based on a trilogy of books by author James Dashner.
Like its spring release counterpart, Insurgent, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is probably going to be a little difficult to follow for people who haven’t seen the first movie and aren’t familiar with the world that has been established. With that said, very little of the outside world was actually shown in The Maze Runner, so The Scorch Trials will be something of a fresh start, introducing plenty of new concepts, characters and environments.
The Scorch Trials‘ returning cast also includes Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Ki Hong Lee, with new additions including Nathalie Emmanuel, Katherine McNamara and Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito. Navigating a maze is one thing, but do the Gladers have what it takes to survive the Scorch?
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opens on September 18, 2015.