Dylan O’Brien is going from Teen Wolf to Maze Runner! Deadline reports the actor from the popular MTV series has just been cast in the lead role of Thomas for the upcoming film adaptation of James Dashner‘s novel. The movie is being directed by Wes Ball and starts shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this May, with an expected release date of February 14, 2014.
In case you’re not up to speed on the plot, the post-apocalyptic tale centers on a 16-year-old named Thomas (played by Dylan) who wakes up with his memory wiped. He then realizes he’s trapped in enormous maze with a large number of other young men in a community called The Glade, and soon learns they’re part of some kind of test. Thomas then realizes it’s his destiny to join the “maze runners” and lead them to freedom.
Other actors who have been cast in the upcoming film include Chronicles of Narnia star Will Poulter, Game of Thrones actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Skins UK actress Kaya Scodelario, who will play the lone female in The Glade community.
The film’s director tweeted about the exciting addition to the cast, saying:
Guess the cats out of the bag. Dylan Obrien is our Thomas. Very exciting. He’s a great actor and a cool dude.
— Wes Ball (@wesball) April 18, 2013
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