Dylan O’Brien expected to return to Death Cure in six weeks
On March 18, 20th Century Fox released a statement saying that leading man Dylan O’Brien was injured while filming Maze Runner: The Death Cure in Vancouver, Canada. It was said that production on the trilogy capper would shut down until O’Brien could make a full recovery after apparently suffering a concussion, facial fracture and lacerations from a motorcycle stunt gone wrong. Now E! has caught up with Death Cure co-star Giancarlo Espositio, who confirms that O’Brien is doing well and on the mend, with plans to return to work in about six weeks.
“He’s healing very well,” Esposito said at the premiere of his new film The Jungle Book. “He got put together a couple of weeks ago… He’s one tough cookie. He got his bell rung. I would imagine many who witnessed thought that was it… [But] he’s a survivor. The one good thing about Dylan that I think is going to help him get back on schedule with us very soon is he has a great attitude.”
This echoed a statement that director Wes Ball made on Twitter the day after the announcement.
— Wes Ball (@wesball) March 19, 2016
As with the previous two movies, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is directed by Wes Ball from a screenplay by T.S. Nowlin adapting the YA novels of James Dashner. It follows the events of 2014’s The Maze Runner and 2015’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and co-stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rosa Salazar, Ki Hong Lee and Dexter Darden.
The film is currently slated for a February 17, 2017 release date, although that may change given the production delays.