Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast Spotlight

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We take a look at the Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials cast in this new spotlight.

The next chapter of The Maze Runner series is coming to theaters on September 18, 2015. In Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the surviving Gladers will find themselves thrust into Scorch, a devastated land that is filled with danger and nearly insurmountable obstacles. They may have escaped the Maze, but the experiment is far from over!

The Scorch Trials is based upon James Dashner’s novel of the same name, which was the second in his Maze Runner series and published in 2010. The Maze Runner director Wes Ball is back for the second film in the franchise, alongside screenwriter T.S. Nowlin and several performers from the first movie.

ComingSoon.net is throwing a spotlight on the Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials cast members, including the new faces who are joining the story in this installment.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast – Dylan O’Brien

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast - Dylan O'Brien

Best known for his role on MTV’s Teen Wolf, O’Brien is reprising his role as Thomas, the defacto leader of the surviving Gladers. Thomas’ memories in the first film implied that he may have worked with the organization that originally trapped the teenage boys in the Glade as an experiment.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast – Kaya Scodelario

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast - Kaya Scodelario

Scodelario’s Teresa was the only girl who was placed into the Glades, and she shares an enigmatic connection with Thomas. Scodelario was recently cast as Carina, the female lead of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie; which is currently in production.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast – Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast - Thomas Brodie-Sangster

While Brodie-Sangster won’t be returning to Game of Thrones anytime soon, he is reprising his role as Newt from the first Maze Runner movie. Newt was one of Thomas’ closest friends in the Glades. He is also the glue that keeps the group together.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast – Ki Hong Lee

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast - Ki Hong Lee

Another returning cast member, Lee played Minho, the lead Runner in the first movie. And it appears that the people running the experiments may have other things in mind for Minho. Lee most recently appeared in several episodes of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” on Netflix.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast – Rosa Salazar

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast - Rosa Salazar

One of the new cast members in The Scorch Trials, Salazar is portraying Brenda, a young woman whom Thomas will encounter during this story. Earlier this year, Salazar also co-starred in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which is based on another hit YA book franchise.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast – Jacob Lofland

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast - Jacob Lofland

Lofland has a major role in The Scorch Trials as Aris Jones. Although not part of Thomas’ group, Aris appears to share a connection with Thomas and Teresa. You may recall seeing Lofland in Mud opposite Matthew McConaughey.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast – Nathalie Emmanuel

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast - Nathalie Emmanuel

The “Game of Thrones” connections continue with Emmanuel, who appears on that series as Missandei. In The Scorch Trials, Emmanuel plays Harriet, the co-leader of another group of surviving teens who are quite similar to Thomas’ group.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast – Katherine McNamara

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast - Katherine McNamara

Harriet’s co-leader in the other group is Sonya, as portrayed by McNamara. She was recently cast in the lead role of ABC Family’s Shadowhunters, which is based on another YA franchise, The Mortal Instruments.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast – Barry Pepper

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast - Barry Pepper

Try as he might, Pepper will never fully escape the shadow of his starring role in Battlefield Earth. But he has appeared in several films and television series since that ill-fated sci-fi film. In The Scorch Trials, Pepper will portray Vince, the last survivor of a group of elite soldiers who were called “The Right Arm.”

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast – Giancarlo Esposito

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast - Giancarlo Esposito

There are people who are still afraid of Esposito after his unforgettable performance as Gus Fring (pictured above) in Breaking Bad.  In The Scorch Trials, Esposito is playing another dangerous character, Jorge Gallaparga, a leader of the Cranks; a group of people afflicted with the mysterious virus known as The Flare.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast – Patricia Clarkson

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast - Patricia Clarkson

As revealed at the end of The Maze Runner, Clarkson’s Ava Paige is one of the key figures in the organization that put the Gladers into the experiment to discover why they were immune to The Flare. Clarkson was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2003 for her role in Pieces of April.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast – Aidan Gillen

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Cast - Aidan Gillen

Another “Game of Thrones” veteran is joining the Maze Runner franchise in this movie. Gillen plays Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish in the HBO series, but his character in The Scorch Trials is a researcher named Janson, although he may be better known as Rat-Man. Whether he is a threat to Thomas and his group remains to be seen.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will race into theaters on Friday, September 18.