WonderCon attendees were treated to an exclusive look at “The Maze Runner” during the Fox Theatrical Panel on April 19, and MTV News was on hand to witness all the excitement.
While many fans in the audience were focused on star Dylan O’Brien and his body of work (a special shout out to the “Teen Wolf” Stiles cosplayers), fans of the novel were not disappointed:
Exclusive Footage Reveals More of the Maze
In a scene only hinted at in the trailer, Thomas (O’Brien) and Minho (Ki Hong Lee), explore further into the maze. Their exploration is interrupted when a scanner senses their presence. They know that the monstrous Grievers who stalk the Maze are close behind; but it’s not the Grievers they have to worry about.
The maze begins to shift around the two: doors close, giant columns of concrete shoot up from the ground and begin to form walls around them. Thomas and Minho are forced to run for their lives, and barely make it out without being crushed to a pulp.
Though this scene does not exist in the book, director Wes Ball felt it was important to include something that really gave viewers an idea of what the maze is: not only is the maze a presence in the film, it’s one of the monsters, as well.
No Memory, But a Lot of Character
When the boys are first transported to their new home, called The Glade, they arrive with no memories of their previous lives. In fact, they can’t even remember their own names. While O’Brien and Will Poulter, who plays Gally, were not familiar with the novel prior to being asked to audition for the film, they joked that the roles required very little preparation. ”
Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien spoke exclusively with Hypable at WonderCon 2014 about his his upcoming book-to-film adaptation and his dream role in a galaxy far, far away.
When asked which character he’d most like to play in his dreams, O’Brien replied “I always say ‘Han Solo’ for this one, so we’ll go with him, even though it’s all Harrison! Like, you go Harrison Ford! But in my dreams, Han Solo.”
Although it’s unlikely that O’Brien will ever get to play his dream role, it’s humble enough that he acknowledges this.
O’Brien also spoke about the differences between playing Teen Wolf‘s eccentric Stiles, and The Maze Runner’s Thomas. “It’s always fun to do something different. It’s difficult for me I think more [than playing Stiles]. Stiles’ energy is more my natural instinct.”
Thankfully, The Maze Runner fans shouldn’t let this worry them. The actor continued, “but then again, there’s so much of Thomas that I am too. It’s not that hard, and it’s nice to be able to be someone else.”
Directly comparing Stiles and Thomas, O’Brien stated, “Thomas is shyer and more internal, introverted, and just a much more subtle energy. He’s also very stoic and sheepish at first, but eventually becomes the leader, because that’s what he’s had inside of him this whole time.”
The Maze Runner comes out in theaters on September 19. The film is based off of the YA book of the same title by author James Dashner, and is directed by Wes Ball.
Thanks to Kieran, I have added 5 high quality photos of Dylan attending Wondercon today to the gallery!
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Dylan O’Brien is dashing in blue on the cover of Fashionisto.
The 22-year-old Teen Wolf actor opened up about his upcoming film, The Maze Runner, and all about Stiles in these quotes, provided exclusively to JustJaredJr.com:
On The Maze Runner pressure: “I haven’t really felt any real pressure from the fan base because so far they have just been so positive with everything we’re doing. It just feels like they have been excited and unconditionally supportive rather than hostile and judgmental.”
On comparing himself to Stiles on Teen Wolf: “[Unlike Stiles], I am actually innately shy and I am not as quick as he is to be confident in what he has to face. [But we're similiar in the] way he feels about his friends and how he is loyal to them…and [how he] would do anything for them.”
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Dylan attended the 2014 MTV Movie Awards yesterday April 13th! I have added photos from his arrivals, backstage, show, and press room to the gallery! If I get any more photos I will add them right away!
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I have added 3 new online promotionals and two new stills from The Maze Runner to the gallery!
I have added some more promotionals that have been released online and some stills from The Maze Runner to the gallery!
I have added HD screencaptures of Dylan from the season finale of Teen Wolf “The Divine Move” to the gallery!
Also confirmed for SDCC is 20th Century Fox film The Maze Runner, the upcoming film based on the James Dashner young adult series. The film was originally slated for last month (and it even appeared at Nerd HQ during last summer’s SDCC), but was pushed back to September19, 2014.
Lead actor Dylan O’Brien, best known for appearing in Teen Wolf, told Hypable last fall that the move will allow them to appear at San Diego Comic-Con in a much bigger way for 2014:
“We get to do Comic-Con San Diego next year, which we wouldn’t have gotten to do otherwise, so that’ll be good too.”
We’ve also been hearing that it’s very possible we’ll be seeing the film and O’Brien at WonderCon next month.