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The only thing weirder than the big mansion in the middle of downtown Albuquerque is the post-apocalyptic party going on inside. It’s December 16, 2014, and the Gertrude and Zachary Mansion at 2nd and Lead has been transformed to a very important location in The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Wes Ball’s follow-up to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner.

From top to bottom, the interior of the mansion has been transformed to the spot where Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is separated from his fellow Gladers on their epic quest across the scorched Earth they discovered at the end of the last film. Here he’ll be drugged, endure (or enjoy) hallucinations, kiss a girl, and eventually be reunited with the group before meeting some incredibly important new characters.

On this day, number 36 of 55 shooting days, the temperature on The Scorch Trials set is near-freezing even as the location doubles for a super-hot environment in the film. Despite that, the camaraderie of all the cast members is particularly noticeable. Each seems incredibly excited to be continuing the story of James Dashner’s novels, and especially to be doing it together.

Below, read our full Maze Runner: Scorch Trials set visit report. Read More »


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Part of the appeal of The Maze Runner franchise is the ensemble cast. The chemistry and relationships between all of the characters are what make a movie like The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials so exciting. That said, if we’re being honest, Dylan O’Brien is the star.

O’Brien is Thomas, the mysterious young man who showed up in the middle of the Maze in the first movie, lead the rest of the group out of it, and now will lead them into the Scorch come September 18. So what exactly does that mean? We asked the actor last December on the Albuquerque set of The Scorch Trials.

We talked about the pressures of a sequel, how The Maze Runner franchise compares to Divergent and The Hunger Games, the character’s interactions, what he’s proud of both in this movie and in the franchise, Mario Kart, the Legend of Zelda…and more kissing. Below, read our Dylan O’Brien Maze Runner Scorch Trials interview. Read More »

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Getting time with a director when you visit a set is a privilege. The director is busiest person on set. Their attention is constantly fragmented by a million questions, prepping for the next shot, thinking about the next day, and trying to make the current shot as good as it can be. If you talk to a director on set, you’d better jump right in.

Which is what happened on December 16, 2014 on the Alberqueque, New Mexico set of The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. After a long day on set, observing filming and talking to the stars, director Wes Ball finally had a few minutes to chat. Ball directed the first film, which was a surprise hit and spawned the sequel, based on the books by James Dashner. This time, the Gladers have escaped the maze, only to be posed with a new challenge: the outside world, which includes the evil desert referred to as The Scorch.

We’ll have our full report from set soon, but for now, check out our Wes Ball Scorch Trials interview. We discuss the scene we saw shot, the look of the film, pressures of coming back, teases toward part three, blending the final two books, location scouting, the compressed timeline, the new character Brenda, the main love triangle and more.  Read More »


20th Century Fox has revealed the first images from Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. And to look at them, it seems there’s both good and bad news for Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his friends played by Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Ki Hong Lee.

On the bright side, they’re spending a lot less time in mazes nowadays. On the other hand, it looks like they’re still on the run. Or rather, they would be if they could. Get your Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials first look after the jump. (Needless to say, but spoilers for The Maze Runner are below.) Read More »

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We present to you the very last Sequel Bits of 2014. After the jump:

  • Woman in Black 2 unveils a motion comic prequel
  • See a leaked image of the Jurassic World Lego set
  • Bryan Mills has a big problem in this Taken 3 clip
  • Katherine McNamara joins The Maze Runner 2
  • Could Randy Quaid return for Independence Day 2?
  • Jamie Oliver is still sad he wasn’t in The Hobbit
  • Watch the latest Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk! 2 trailer
  • Tom Hardy glowers in a new look at Mad Max: Fury Road

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After the jump:

  • Lili Taylor and Barry Pepper join The Scorch Trials
  • J.K. Rowling writes a bunch more Harry Potter stories
  • Ewan McGregor says Trainspotting 2 will shoot in 2016
  • Keanu Reeves hasn’t made a final decision on Bill & Ted 3
  • The cast of Magic Mike XXL gathers for a class photo
  • See Natasha Lyonne in a Beetlejuice 2 parody
  • Enjoy a bunch of new clips from Dumb and Dumber To

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Whoever is casting Fox’s Maze Runner franchise, has clearly been watching all the same TV shows we have. The latest new face to join the sequel The Scorch Trials is Giancarlo Esposito, who is currently best known for his villainous turn on AMC’s Breaking Bad.

Previously, the sequel also welcomed Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones), Rosa Salazar (Parenthood), and Jacob Lofland (Justified). Hit the jump for more details on the Giancarlo Esposito Maze Runner casting.

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The filming locations of two big sequels lead this edition of Sequel Bits. Read about those, and the following stories, below:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will shoot in Australia in February.
  • Star Trek 3 will primarily be shooting in Vancouver, BC.
  • Dredd actress Olivia Thirlby tells fans she wants to make Dredd 2.
  • Justified actor Jacob Lofland latest to join The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.
  • Check out a new photo of Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious 7.
  • John Cho isn’t sure the whole cast would come back for Star Trek 4.

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The first Maze Runner was almost a total sausagefest, with Kaya Scodelario‘s Teresa as the one and only major female character. But the sequel will see the Gladers making at least one more lady friend.

Rosa Salazar has just joined The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials as Brenda, the second female lead. It’s one of two dystopian YA sequel roles Salazar has coming up next year. She also recently wrapped a part in the Divergent sequel Insurgent. Hit the jump for more on the Rosa Salazar Maze Runner casting.

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