‘Maze Runner’ Finds Its Thomas

When it comes to casting a major Hollywood production, standard operating procedure is to secure a lead first, then build a supporting cast around him or her. So it seemed curious that for the big-screen adaptation of James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner,” everyone but the protagonist was being announced. And now, that’s been remedied. Meet your Thomas: “Teen Wolf” actor Dylan O’Brien.

“The Maze Runner”—another dark dystopian—follows Thomas as he awakens in an elevator with no memories of his previous life. The lift dumps him in “the Glade,” where a group of teenage boys live, penned in by walls and a surrounding maze. Already set to run the cinematic labyrinth: Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen and Kaya Scodelario.

For his part, Dylan’s quickly becoming a hot property in Hollywood. In addition to his turn as Stiles on MTV’s lycanthropic series, he recently starred in the Sundance film “The First Time,” and will next appear in “The Internship,” alongside Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

Per Deadline, “The Maze Runner” will begin production in Baton Rouge next month, with a February 14, 2014, release date set.

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