Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Jacob Lofland set for Maze Runner sequel

With 20th Century Fox going full speed ahead on their sequel to The Maze Runner following the first film's success at the US box office, director Wes Ball is already gathering together the cast. He recently hired Aidan Gillen (Game Of Thrones) to play a villain in Maze Runner: Scorch Trials and he now has young Mud (2012) actor Jacob Lofland aboard.

With Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario and some of the other main cast from the original reprising their roles, the new film will find those young men and woman on the run and fighting for survival in a world that has been devastated by solar flares and a raging virus.

Lofland will play Aris Jones, who the Gladers meet in the outside world. They learn of his connection to the maze and its builders – it turns out that he was the sole male in Group B, an otherwise all female group who have been through a similar ordeal to our heroes from last time. Upping the gender balance a little, Rosa Salazar (Epic) also joined the film to play Brenda, a member of that group who helps O'Brien's Thomas when he faces a new challenge.

With T.S. Nowlin providing the script again, Ball is gearing up to shoot the sequel soon ready for a 18 September release in the States and here. Lofland, who appeared in Sundance Film Festival favourite Little Accidents, is currently working on TV miniseries Texas Rising.

The Maze Runner is out now.

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