'Narnia' & 'Son of Rambow' Star Will Poulter May Be 'Maze Runner'

March 6, 2013

Will Poulter / Maze Runner

In a few years, the name James Dashner could be as well-known as J.K. Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, or Suzanne Collins. That's because his young adult novel The Maze Runner is getting the feature film treatment soon, directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Wes Ball and featuring the same post-apocalyptic vibe that - much like Hansel in Zoolander - is so hot right now. As for the next Daniel Radcliffe, Josh Hutcherson, or Liam Hemsworth, that name just might be 20-year-old Will Poulter, the Son of Rambow and Chronicles of Narnia star who, according to Deadline, has just been offered the lead role. More below!

The story follows a young man named Thomas who wakes up in an elevator not knowing anything but his own name. He's with a large community of boys trapped in the center of a maze in a mysterious place called The Glade, and after the first girl arrives in The Glade with a message, Thomas discovers he's the chosen one who must lead them all out. He and other "maze runners" venture out into the labyrinth to map the maze, dodging monstrous creatures called Grievers who live in the twisty pathways. Sounds like fun, and Poulter could really make a name for himself if he knocks it out of the park here. The Maze Runner will hit theaters in the Beautiful Creatures slot two years from now, on Valentine's Day, February 14th, 2014.

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  • "In a few years, the name James Dashner could be as well-known as J.K. Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, or Suzanne Collins." HAHA no. There are so many popular YA books turning to films that this assertion is ridiculous. Having your book become a film doesn't mean much as it used to. It's certainly not an accurate measurement of having "made it".
    • Jess
      Thing is, Maze Runner is so much better than those crappy upcoming adaptions. It's just not as well known and most people get turned off by the fact it's a male protagonist when most dystopian YA books these days feature a female lead.




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