Kaya Scodelario Snags Lone Lady Role In 'Maze Runner'

Kaya ScodelarioEver since casting began on the film adaptation for dystopian sci-fi thriller "The Maze Runner," all the cute British actors of a certain age seem to be getting snatched up to star as members of the slapdash tribe of survivalist lads who are known in the story as "Gladers." Which means that for the next several months, lucky lady Kaya Scodelario is going to be where the boys are—literally.

Although there's been no official casting announcement, director Wes Ball spilled the beans that the English "Skins" star is on board to play Teresa, the lone girl who changes everything when she appears in the story's titular maze. The news first broke via Wes' Twitter account, where he enthused about Kaya's awesome on-screen chemistry with Aml Ameen; Kaya then confirmed the news herself, with a big thank you to fans for supporting her bid to be in the movie.

Based on the book by James Dashner, "Maze Runner" tells the story of a teenage boy, Thomas, who awakens to find himself trapped in an enormous concrete maze with no memory of how he got there. Along with the several dozen teenage boys who've been deposited there before him, Thomas must learn to navigate the deadly labyrinth and lead them all to safety...before it's too late. (Aaaagh!) Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Aml Ameen also star. And with a release date set for early 2014, hopefully we'll be seeing the rest of the cast (and maybe even a sneak peek at some of the super-cool science-fiction set pieces) in place soon.

Are you excited to see Kaya on board for "The Maze Runner"?