THE MAZE RUNNER Cast Twitter Chat Recap

Earlier today, many members of the cast  of THE MAZE RUNNER as well as director Wes Ball, author James Dashner and producer Wyck Godfrey held their first official Twitter Chat. Here are a few of the (many) highlights.

“Could You survive in The Maze?”:

The Use of “Glade Lingo”:

Favorite, Hardest, Saddest and Most Difficult Scenes:

Bloopers and General Fun on the Set:

Some Other General Things About the Movie:

The chat officially wrapped with a Facebook video from the cast that you can watch below.

If you think that was a lot of Tweets, you won’t believe the full chat, which you can find on the Maze Runner Movie Twitter.

It was also mentioned a few times that James Dashner is headed to the set to film his cameo in the film tomorrow. Filming wraps on Friday. Producer Wyck Godfrey also made a point to say that THE MAZE RUNNER may still have some Comic Con presence besides James Dashner participating in the “What’s Behind the Door: Fiction that Thrills” panel on Sunday

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THE MAZE RUNNER Character Cards Continue with Teresa

The first and only female shank!

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Kaya Scodelario (Teresa) tweeted out her Maze Runner character card today!  It’s pretty cool that the studio is actually sending these cards to the actors to tweet out.  They obviously know how much we love the cast and follow them.

And if you haven’t done so yet, please follow Kaya at @kscodders, then you can ask her questions about the movie using hashtag #MazeRunnerChat, which she’ll answer along with the rest of the cast on Monday, July 8th.

Kaya Scodelario Confirmed as Teresa For Maze Runner Movie

kaya-scodelarioI know there have been lots of fancasting Kaya Scodelario, so congratulations, your wish has come true, according to director Wes Ball, as he just recently tweeted this:

Now if he can just tell us who are Thomas is… any guesses?

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: James Dashner on THE KILL ORDER *Spoilers*, Part 1

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James Dashner has been touring internationally lately, however, he was able to spend a little bit of his time in answering my questions.  Just to let you know, there are *MAJOR SPOILERS* about The Kill Order.  So, if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend that you do before you read on in this interview.  Now let’s get on with it.

To refresh your memory, The Kill Order (TKO) takes place 13 years prior to the events in The Maze Runner.  This time the story is seen through the point of view of Mark as he deals with trying to survive along with a group of other survivors after the sun flares hit the earth , including his schoolmate Trina.

The relationship between Mark and Trina seems like what could’ve been the relationship between Thomas and Teresa before they were in the maze. Did you mean to make that similarity or is it just my imagination?

JD: I’m not sure it was intentional, to be honest. Although I can say that the relationship, and its lost potential, for Thomas and Teresa is always prevalent in my head, so it very possibly affected me as I wrote TKO.

Virus VC321xb47 was a vicious killer. Is there any significance to the name of the virus?

JD: Only in that we did our research and wanted it to sound legitimate. Plus, I love it that something so deadly has such an emotionless, scientific name.

The way that the sun flare happened is horrifying.  Do you mean to put fear into every kid’s heart about the sun exploding on us?  Or did you just want them to understand one different end-of-the-earth possibility?

JD: Oh, my goal is always to terrify kids and give them nightmares! Maybe haunt them for life. 🙂 I just wanted an apocalyptic scenario that hadn’t been used too much already. It was fun to research.

Darnell’s death from the virus was pretty gruesome.  Did you come up with a detailed explanation as to what the virus exactly does to the brain?

JD: Yes. Basically it eats away at the parts of the brain that run our mental abilities and conscience, driving a person utterly and truly insane. That concept terrifies me.

solar flareHow much research did you do in regards to sun flares and the earth’s reaction to it? 

JD: A lot, actually. I had to take some liberties for the story, but I tried to stay as true as possible to what scientists believe might happen in such a disaster. Most people think about the heat, but radiation is actually the bigger problem.

When did you decide to make Teresa a main character in TKO?  And why choose Teresa over, say, Thomas to be a part of TKO? 

JD: It all had to do with the backstory I’d created a long time ago. Thomas was discovered after the creation of WICKED, when they actively sought out those who were immune. Teresa was the first discovery that such people even existed.

Do you think the fact that Mark had sent Deedee through the Flat Trans, seeing that Mark and Trina were unwilling to go through it themselves for a possible cure and to avoid infecting anyone else, was the reason she became so loyal to Wicked?  Because she felt in her own way that it was her responsibility to save humankind?

JD: That is one of the most insightful questions I’ve ever received. If I’m honest, I don’t think I thought of it quite that way per se, but I definitely knew that Teresa’s memories of Mark and Trina and the horrors she saw would affect her deeply, leading to her eventual loyalty to finding a cure.

I know you’ve said that the Maze Runner trilogy and this prequel is the end of the whole series.  Are you absolutely certain about that?  

JD: As absolutely certain as I can possibly be at this time. I can’t imagine another story to squeeze out of it. There’d be no surprises left, and surprises are essential to my storytelling.

Please check back tomorrow for the conclusion of the interview and more insight about The Kill Order, plus a bit of information about The Maze Runner movie!

TMR Fan Art: Together in a Perfect World

There’s not a whole lot of Maze Runner fan art, but this one is exceptional. I like traditional art as much as CG art, so long as it gets its point across, and I think it does so in this image.

From left to right: Teresa, Church, Thomas, and Newt

Art by Gubblyn, and you can get a larger image of it here.

The Scorch Trials Poster

Check out this fan made The Scorch Trials poster from allthatklunk.tumblr.com.  What do you think of Jemima West as Teresa Agnes?  I actually think she would be a VERY good fit for the role. I’m not much of a fan caster myself, but Jemima looks a lot like what I imagined Teresa would.

Who do you think should play Teresa?  Let us know in the comments section below.  And how excited are you for this to become a movie?!  I know we’re going to get The Maze Runner first (obviously), but visually I might be look forward to The Scorch Trials more.  Those first few chapters really freaked me out!

 

Maze Runner and Scorch Trials Sketches

Check out these sketches xanimagax on Deviant Art whipped up! I love how most of the main characters from the trilogy are included in here, not even the beetle blade was left out!  I especially like how that blob-like griever kind of steals the show, can miss it!

I can only imagine what the grievers and some of those cranks will end up looking like on the big screen, I’m sure we won’t be disappointed!