The official logo for ‘The Maze Runner.’ (Photo courtesy of ‘The Maze Runner’ on Facebook.)
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.
One of the first stills released of the whole cast in the Glade. (Photo courtesy of ‘The Maze Runner’ on Facebook.)
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.