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These Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Photos Show Off The World Outside Of The Maze

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The Maze Runner Scorch TrialsWhile The Hunger Games obviously rules the young adult dystopia landscape, 2014 saw a surprising runner up: The Maze Runner. Also based on a best-selling series of YA novels, these ones by James Dashner, it’s a relatively low-budget affair that managed to gather unexpectedly good reviews and earn more money overall than Hunger Games heir apparent Divergent. 20th Century Fox wasted no time in green lighting the sequel, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, which drops later this year, and now we’ve got our first look at the teen-centric adventure.

Using Entertainment Weekly and People to disseminate, the studio has unveiled a handful of new stills from the upcoming film, and they definitely play up the action angle. Reading the book, I didn’t think much of it, but it was one of those instances where you could easily envision the translation from page to screen resulting in a fun, adventurous movie, which is certainly the case here.

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How The Maze Runner Made Those Grievers, Plus Scorch Trials Adds This Actress

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The success of The Maze Runner took some people by surprise. Despite the popularity of James Dashner’s series of young adult novels, many expected just another tepid entry into the teen dystopia market that would fall by the wayside, especially after the release was pushed back more than six months. Part of what makes the movie work as well as it does are the special effects, which were handled on a small budget, at least for this kind of picture, and this featurette digs into two aspects of this: the maze itself, and the monsters, called Grievers. And with profitability, comes a franchise, and the first follow up, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, continues to add strong actors to the ever growing cast.

Reading the book, it has a unique hook, but I admittedly didn’t think much of the writing characterization. What it does well, however, is pacing and action, two things that translate to a movie screen, and it’s one of those stories that is tailor made for an adaptation. Director Wes Ball, working with limited resources, shot as much as he could practically, but given the size and scope of the setting and story, that just wasn’t possible.

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The Martian And The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Add These Impressive Actors

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chiwetel-ejiofor-With so many sci-fi films in production, there are a lot of roles to be cast, and a couple of high-profile projects have been adding to their already large ensembles. Just when you think the cast of Ridley Scott’s The Martian can’t get any more impressive, it adds a handful of new names. And next time around, The Maze Runner will feature more than one lone, underwritten female character, as the sequel Scorch Trials has added a Game of Thrones star in a key position.

EW reports that Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) are joining the massive cast of The Martian. Reportedly Scott’s next film, before he embarks on either Prometheus 2 or Blade Runner 2, the cast already includes damn near everyone in Hollywood. Those three alone would be a major casting coup, but they join the likes of Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Michael Pena, Mackenzie Davis, and Jeff Daniels, who are already in place. It’s an embarrassment of riches over there, and it will be interesting to see how they make use of all of this talent.

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The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Adds Breaking Bad Star To The Grown Up Cast

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Giancarlo EspositoGoing in, we thought The Maze Runner had definite potential, but given some of the other recent young adult missteps, and the fact that the release was pushed back seven months, gave us pause. Still, it turned out to be pretty good (read our review here), not great, but solid. And the box office performance was similar, not great, but solid. (A modest budget doesn’t hurt—this cost less than half of the cheapest Hunger Games movie.) 20th Century Fox had already announced that they were working on the follow up, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials before they delayed the film, but it now that the film is a success they’re really getting rolling. That includes adding Giancarlo Esposito to the cast.

There are SPOILERS beyond here for those of you who haven’t seen the movie or read James Dashner’s novel of the same name.

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The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Finds A Villain In Game Of Thrones Star

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aiden gillen game of thronesThe Maze Runner was director Wes Ball’s first crack at the bestselling YA novels from author James Dashner, and while I enjoyed it quite a bit despite its faults, the film didn’t have much of a Big Bad to root against, outside of Will Poulter’s Gally. The villain ante is getting upped for The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, and Temple Hill has landed Games of Thrones star Aiden Gillen for the part. I hope you guys enjoy getting really aggravated with this guy.

SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen or read The Scorch Trials yet!