This is big news, folks, and I have to say that there are spoilers below. I will tell you this much, and that is Academy Award nominee/Emmy Award winner/Saturn Award winner Patricia Clarkson has signed on for The Maze Runner movie. Of course, this is some interesting news, considering that I didn’t think there would be another female cast in the movie at this time, but alas, here we have her. Those of you who have read the book may already have guessed who she’ll be playing, and those of you who haven’t, well, the article from EW.com kind of gives away some major plot points that maybe you shouldn’t read about.
But if you really want to know who she’ll be playing and what her part will mean in the overall story, then go ahead and read further.
Clarkson’s role in The Maze Runner will be Chancellor Ava Paige, the highest ranking member of the organization trying to test children to find the strongest, most intelligent warriors.
The world has been decimated twice over — first by a solar flare that roasted the planet, and then by a disease that wiped out much of the population. Faced with this devastation, the governments of the world joined forces to experiment on children 12-to-17 who may have a natural resistance to the disease.
Paige heads the organization known in the books as WICKED (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department). Despite the sinister acronym, it’s not clear that the organization is an evil one. (They might want their P.R. department to try a little rebranding, though.) In the film, they drop the “experiment” and go by WICKD.