Amidst all the other young adult dystopian novels being turned into movies, The Maze Runner is one that I am especially excited to see. The movie is based on The Maze Runner by James Dashner, which he told fans during the Nerd HQ panel at SDCC this year, was inspired by books he liked when he was younger: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It’s easy to see the inspiration from those books in The Maze Runner, as well as the other two books in Dashner’s trilogy: The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure. I just recently finished the trilogy and it’s made me even more excited for the film.
Since I didn’t start The Maze Runner until after I found out about the casting choices, while I read the books I envisioned the characters as the actors who were chosen to play them. Although I usually don’t like to picture the actors as the characters while I’m reading, for The Maze Runner it worked. Many–if not all–of the cast members are a perfect fit for their character. For instance, the protagonist, Thomas, will be portrayed by Dylan O’Brien, a talented actor (currently working on Teen Wolf) whose ability will definitely do justice to Thomas’s character. As for the rest of the cast, I’ve seen some of them in other projects, but many were unknown to me. So I conducted a few online research into these actors and began to fall in love with everyone in the main cast. Not only do they constantly post pictures to Instagram and tweet about each other, they also seem to absolutely adore each other:
“I would genuinely describe this entire set as one big bromance.” –Will Poulter
Wes Ball’s adaptation of The Maze Runner comes out February 14, and personally I can’t wait. For anyone else who’s excited, or who wants the lowdown on the cast & characters, I compiled all my research (or internet stalking, whatever) about everyone into one post. So here’s a little bit of info about the Gladers, and the actors behind the characters.
You might recognize him as: Stiles Stilinski, the best friend of teenaged werewolf Scott McCall, on MTV’s Teen Wolf; or as the tech-addicted intern Stuart alongside Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in this summer’s The Internship.
Who’s he playing: Thomas. As the main character of The Maze Runner, the reader learns everything about the Maze and the Glade through Thomas’s eyes. It takes Thomas a while to adjust to life in the Glade, but once he does, he becomes a Runner–someone who explores the Maze. Thomas is also instrumental to the Gladers’ escape from the massive Maze.
Follow him on: Twitter–@dylanobrien.
You might recognize him as: Kenny, the awkward teenaged “son” of David Sudeikis in this summer’s We’re the Millers; or as the Pevensie’s cousin, Eustace Clarence Scrubb, in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Who’s he playing: Gally. When Thomas arrives in the Maze, Gally immediately dislikes him, and the feeling is mutual. The two Gladers butt heads throughout the entirety of The Maze Runner until the climactic scene when that tension finally boils over.
Follow him on: Twitter–@poulterwill.
You might recognize him as: Jojen Reed on HBO’s Game of Thrones, but he’s also one of those child stars that seem to have been in everything, including Love, Actually, Nanny McPhee, and Phineas and Ferb.
Who’s he playing: Newt. Although Alby is the leader of the Gladers, Newt is the quiet, smart, and reasonable friend to everyone. He is particularly supportive of Thomas and becomes one of Thomas’s best friends in the Glade.
Follow him on: Twitter–@SangsterThomas.
You might recognize him as: Paul on ABC Family’s The Nine Lives of Chloe King.
Who’s he playing: Minho. As the leader of the Runners, Minho becomes Thomas’s mentor-of-sorts and friend while Thomas trains to go out in the Maze. Minho is snarky and sarcastic, but he’s also one of the brightest and toughest Gladers.
Follow him on: Twitter–@kihonglee; YouTube–Ki Hong Lee; Instagram–@kihonglee.
You might recognize her as: Nicholas Hoult’s baby sister, Effy Stonem, on E4’s Skins, a role she reprised this summer for the final season of the show.
Who’s she playing: Teresa. At the beginning of the story, Teresa is a giant mystery since she arrives in the Glade in a coma with something written on her arm. She also has an unusual connection to Thomas (in the books they can speak to each other telepathically but that has been changed for the movie.) Once she wakes up, she helps the other Gladers escape from the Maze, though not without causing some tension.
Follow her on: Twitter–@kScodders.
You might recognize him as: Trife from 2006’s Kidulthood, or more recently he played Malcolm Davies on Harry’s Law. He’ll also appear this summer in Lee Daniel’s The Butler as a younger version of the titular character.
Who’s he playing: Alby. As the strong, tough leader of the Gladers, Alby is strict in order to keep the peace within the Glade. He takes some time coming around to Thomas. In fact, there is a particular night in which Thomas saves Alby’s life that can be pinpointed as the moment these two grow close.
Follow him on: Twitter–@AmlAmeen; Instagram–@amlameenbaby.
You might recognize him as: Walter Hill (the son of Queen Latifah’s character) in Joyful Noise, or some guest starring roles in Victorious, Cougar Town, and Poor Paul.
Who’s he playing: Frypan. True to his name, Frypan is the leader of the kitchen, though everyone complains about his food. He meets with the leaders of the other areas of the Glade during a gathering in order to come to a decision concerning Thomas and the fate of the Gladers.
Follow him on: Twitter–@DexterDarden; Instagram–@dexterdarden.
You might recognize him as: Ethan from USA’s Necessary Roughness. Cooper’s only had a few small roles prior to The Maze Runner, including The Game and Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural.
Who’s he playing: Chuck. Amidst all the other boys in the Glade, Chuck is Thomas’s first–and truest–friend. He’s the youngest, the smallest, and the last boy to be thrown into the Glade prior to Thomas.
Follow him on: Twitter–@followblakecoop.
You might recognize him as: Rickey from Rescue Me, or as a small character in The Wackness, Twelve, or The English Teacher.
Who’s he playing: Winston. As the leader of the slaughterhouse, Winston is one of the Gladers who helps made decisions. He also becomes one of Thomas’s friends and helps everyone to escape the Maze.
Follow him on: Twitter–@Alex_Flores1; Instagram–@alexjon_1.
Well that’s it for the main cast of The Maze Runner, although I can’t wait to see who’s added for the sequel (should one be green lit–we’re thinking positively here!) to play Aris, Harriet, Jorge, the Rat Man, and Brenda in The Scorch Trials. Whoever they are, I’m sure they’ll be great additions to this wonderful cast. I mean, how could you not love a cast that performs organized dance routines in their downtime?