Dylan O’Brien makes his long-awaited return in the film adaptation for The Death Cure, based on James Dashner‘s most famous Maze Runner series from 2009.
Once held in the same regard as the Twilight and The Hunger Games series, both novelizations that transformed into mega blockbusters on the big screen, Dashner’s Maze Runner makes its action-packed arrival next year, January 2018, approximately three years after its predecessor, The Scorch Trials.
It’s quite the quantum leap in the way of tradition, with the aforementioned YA adaptations releasing new installments year after year. However, O’Brien, the franchise’s leading star, suffered a grave stunt accident while filming The Death Cure in March 2016, one that nearly stunted the up-and-coming star’s momentum as a rising movie star.
In March 2016, the botched stunt caused production to shut down immediately. With the intent of starting up again just months later, and a release date for The Death Cure was planned for February 2017; however, O’Brien’s injuries took a massive toll on the Teen Wolf star.
“I had lost a lot of function, just in my daily routine,” O’Brien told Vulture of the ill-timed accident. “I wasn’t even at a point where I felt like I could handle social situations, let alone showing up and being responsible for work every day. Long hours on set, delivering a performance and carrying a movie … it just makes your palms sweat.”
“And then there was a part of me, too, that was feeling pressured and stressed out by the mere fact that I had all of these people still emailing me, checking in,” the 26-year-old actor said. “I would get so fucking mad. Like if ever I heard from a producer [who was] seeing when I’d be able to get back on set, I’d fucking go nuts. It would really, really piss me off.”
However, after making a private recovery, it seems the actor has finally pulled through: O’Brien is at the front of yet another soon-to-be blockbuster, the action-thriller flick American Assassin, based on Vince Flynn‘s 2010 novel of the same name.
I think I can speak for everyone when I say it’s just great to see O’Brien be back on feet.