Director Wes Ball On Casting And Creating The World Of THE MAZE RUNNER

Wes Ball spilled all the details on THE MAZE RUNNER movie– including how he was hired, his “THE LORD OF THE FLIES meets LOST” pitch to the studio, why he almost overlooked Dylan O’Brien for the role of Thomas!

ON THE “BOY ADVENTURE” ELEMENT:

We are kind of the only, at least for now, boy adventure, like the kind of stuff I grew up watching like Jurassic Park and stuff like that, a really fun boyhood adventure that happens to have our one girl who kind of becomes one of the boys. We don’t do the damsel in distress thing. She’s tough. Her opening scene or intro into this movie is fantastic. We came up with it basically a week before we started shooting. We rewrote the scene. It’s a fantastic scene and how it introduces the character you’ll have to wait for that, I guess. But we are going for something that’s fun and cool. We are not pandering to kids in this movie.

WHY DYLAN O’BRIEN ALMOST MISSED OUT ON THE LEAD ROLE:

Dylan was actually… I saw him early on, very early on and I overlooked him. It was a big learning experience there, because I overlooked him because of his hair. He had Teen Wolf hair and I couldn’t see past that and so we were looking for our Thomas and it’s a tough role to make, because he comes in as a boy and he leaves as a man, so it cant’ be like this badass action star that comes into this movie.

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