‘The Maze Runner’ could just become the biggest young adult movie of the year
The Maze Runner is set to be the young adult movie of the year when it hits theatres this September. Based on James Dashner’s sci-fi trilogy, the movie boasts a young, impressive cast of new names and rising stars. So lets take a closer look at some of the talented young actors who will be bringing The Maze Runner to life later this year.
Dylan O'Brein stars as Thomas in Maze Runner
Best known for playing Stiles Stilinski on ‘Teen Wolf', Dylan O’Brien will be playing the part of Thomas, the boy who finds himself waking up in the ominous maze. Before landing his role on ‘Teen Wolf’ the now 22 year old used to upload videos to YouTube which he wrote, directed and starred in and it was through these videos that he would go on to get his first big audition and the spot on 'Teen Wolf'.
13 year old Blake Cooepr doesn't have many credits on his acting CV other than a guest spot on CW series 'The Game'. However when Cooper found out Maze Runner was hitting the big screen he launched a twitter campaign aimed towards director Wes Bell, bombarding him with tweets reading “I am your Chuck.” It worked and Copper landed the role of Chuck, his first major acting gig.
At just 24 years old Thomas, who will star as Newt, already has a pretty impressive CV. If he looks familiar, it’s probably because he got his big break back in 2003 when he starred in Love Actually as the stepson of Liam Neeson’s character. He then played Paul McCartney in John Lennon biopic Nowehere Boy and can currently be seen starring in ‘Game of Thrones’ as Jojen Reed.
Beating Lupita Nyong’o to be the recipient of this year’s BAFTA rising star award, Will’s first film role came in 2008’s on of Rambo, Two years later he gained wider recognition after starring in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, before last year appearing alongside Jennifer Aniston in We are the Millers. Poutler will be playing the part of Gally.
Kaya Scodelario stars alongside Dylan O'Brien
Teresa, the first girl to enter the Glade will be played by Kaya Scodelario, best known to UK television audiences as Effy from ‘Skins’. However the 22 year old’s film career is certainly on the rise after she took the lead in Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights playing Catherine Earnshaw in 2011.
Ki Hong Lee
A relative newcomer, Lee is best known as Paul in The Nine Lives of Chloe King, he also had a guest appearance in season one of ‘New Girl’. Lee will play Minho , the keeper of the runners.
Maze Runner boasts a promising young cast
The leader of the Gladers, Alby will be played by 28 year old Aml Ameen. Ameen’s first Hollywood role was a small part in George Lucas’s Red Tails starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr. But back home in the UK, he’s best known for taking the lead in Kidulthood, Noel Clarke’s 2006 Adulthood prequel.