The Scorch Trials, the long awaited sequel to 2014's The Maze Runner, a film based on the trilogy of best-selling books by author James Dashner, has finally dropped a trailer, and of course, the brand spanking new poster you see above.
With it, comes an action-packed trailer as the Gladers now find themselves in an all new, and possibly even more terrifying situation than The Maze. Teen Wolf hottie, Dylan O'Brien returns, continuing in his role as Thomas the protaganist of the series, with Thomas Brodie-Sangster returning as Newt, Kaya Scodelario as Teresa, and Ki Hong-Lee returning as Minho.
New Cast members include, Katherine McNamara as Sonya (who will soon be playing protaganist Clary Fray in ABC Family's "Shadowhunters"), who is seen very briefly in the trailer, Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen as Rat-Man, who sports an American accent for his role as the character, and Rosa Salazar as Brenda, again seen very briefly.
Check out the trailer below!
Most notable to fans of the books, are the changes evident in this trailer. The first film also had its changes, choosing to eliminate Thomas & Teresa's telepathy in addition to a host of other changes, so this should come as no surprise. Director Wes Ball, recently said in an interview, that they've essentially combined the second and third books (The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure) to make one big story and narrative, to then split that into two films, as opposed to a film per book.
This new approach, whilst it may anger some books fans (I am admittedly a little peeved off about that, and some of the smaller changes in the first movie), may actually be a good thing, in that it is doing even more to seperate these films and books, from the cliches and rigorous similiarities of every other Young Adult adaptation. This is not a film with a 16-17 year old female lead who discovers she's special in some way, or the key to something. There are no cliched romantic moments between characters, or any of the other "normalities" found in YA adaptations.
Most importantly, we won't have to sit through an extra pointless movie because the filmmakers want to split the third book into two movies, because that's not even a possibility with The Maze Runner films. 3 Books = 3 Films. If that means they have to combine a little so we don't get one rather mediocre film (Breaking Dawn Part 1, Deathly Hallows Part 1 etc) before the final one, then I'm on board.