Before Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials hits theaters, we take a look back at nine other Dylan O’Brien movies and TV roles!
Last year, Dylan O’Brien headlined the adaptation of by James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, and it became the latest YA box office hit. That movie may have even propelled O’Brien’s status to the point where he can headline a film by himself. For a while, O’Brien was even rumored to be up for the role of Spider-Man… before Marvel and Sony decided to go for a younger web-crawler.
The next feature film in the Dylan O’Brien movies schedule is the inevitable sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. There, O’Brien reprises his role as Thomas, the leader of the surviving Gladers as they attempt to get through their latest ordeal. It’s hard to believe that O’Brien has only been acting professionally since 2011. Consequently, he only has a few acting credits to his name. But that’s definitely going to change in the near future.
Ahead of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ release on September 18, ComingSoon.net has assembled a retrospective of all of the Dylan O’Brien movies, television and web series roles.
Dylan O’Brien Movies and TV: Teen Wolf (2011)
The Dylan O’Brien movies and TV list begins with a role for which he is still best known: he’s stars as “Stiles” Stilinski on MTV’s “Teen Wolf” adaptation. And thanks to his comic timing and his earnest performance, O’Brien has often stolen the spotlight from his co-star, Tyler Posey, while earning a fan following of his own.
During the third season of “Teen Wolf,” O’Brien was given a chance to show off his dark side when Stiles was possessed by a dark spirit called a Nogitsune. Dark Stiles was actually one of the series’ best villains! O’Brien has remained with “Teen Wolf” into the current, fifth season. But it’s not currently known if O’Brien will be back for the sixth season.
Dylan O’Brien Movies and TV: Charlie Brown: Blockhead’s Revenge (2011)
Shortly after “Teen Wolf” debuted, O’Brien starred in a Funny or Die video as an older Charlie Brown who was driven to kill the friends and family who had tirelessly mocked him. Charlie Brown: Blockhead’s Revenge also included a few of O’Brien’s “Teen Wolf” co-stars, including Colton Haynes as Linus van Pelt, Holland Roden as Peppermint Patty, and Tyler Hoechlin as Schroeder! You can find this one on YouTube.
Dylan O’Brien Movies and TV: High Road (2012)
Although High Road was filmed before “Teen Wolf” debuted, it didn’t get an official release until the following year. High Road was directed by UCB co-founder Matt Walsh and it featured O’Brien as Jimmy, the unlikely sidekick of Glen “Fitz” Fitzgerald (James Pumphrey) as they went on a roadtrip together to escape their problems.
The dialogue in High Road was largely improvised by the performers and it wasn’t a widely seen film. However, it is available to watch online for free.
Dylan O’Brien Movies and TV: The First Time (2012)
In 2012, O’Brien was in another low budget film, The First Time. But this movie is notably O’Brien’s first leading role in a motion picture, alongside Britt Robertson, Dylan O’Brien, James Frecheville and Victoria Justice. O’Brien played Dave, a teenager pinning for a girl named Jane (Justice) before realizing that his heart belongs to Aubrey (Robertson).
O’Brien and Robertson actually started seeing each other when they were filming The First Time, and they are reportedly still together as of 2015.
Dylan O’Brien Movies and TV: First Dates with Toby Harris (2013)
O’Brien appeared in one episode of the second season of “First Dates with Toby Harris.” O’Brien played Peter, a roommate who desperately recruits Toby (Seth Morris) to help him fill out a double date with two girls. It’s just a quick short, which you can watch below.
Dylan O’Brien Movies and TV: New Girl (2013)
Later in 2013, O’Brien guest starred in an episode of “New Girl” as “The Guy.” And by “The Guy,” we mean that he was the one who almost deflowered Jess (Zooey Deschanel). This was the flashback episode that revealed how the main characters of “New Girl” lost their virginity.
However, O’Brien’s guy just couldn’t seal the deal with Jess. Their prom night encounter was a disaster, but their second meeting was even worse. It ended with the guy crying and questioning his sexuality before Jess went off with someone else.
Dylan O’Brien Movies and TV: The Internship (2013)
While The Internship was technically O’Brien’s biggest movie at that point in his career, he was only portraying a supporting character to Vince Vaughn’s Billy McMahon and Owen Wilson’s Nick Campbell. O’Brien’s Stuart Twombly was part of a Google internship team with the older goofballs played by Vaughn and Wilson as they tried to land a full time job at Google.
Weirdly, The Internship plays out like an extended recruitment vehicle and advertisement for Google. It’s neither a very funny movie, nor even a good one. And let’s just say that the reviews were not kind.
Dylan O’Brien Movies and TV: The Maze Runner (2014)
The Maze Runner was O’Brien’s breakout movie as a headlining star. O’Brien portrayed Thomas, a young man who found himself transported to a glade that was surrounded by a nearly impenetrable Maze. Thomas quickly rose through the ranks of the Gladers and he eventually led a group of survivors through the Maze where they discovered that it was all part of an elaborate experiment.
Because O’Brien is still a series regular on “Teen Wolf,” he hasn’t yet fully capitalized on his newfound status as a leading man. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will be O’Brien’s first opportunity to prove that the first film’s success wasn’t a fluke.
Dylan O’Brien Movies and TV: Deepwater Horizon (2016)
Yes, that’s a picture of Mark Wahlberg… but only because there are currently no other pictures available from Deepwater Horizon! This movie is based on the 2010 disaster at the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig which exploded and caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
O’Brien is playing Caleb Holloway, with Wahlberg portraying Mike Williams. Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, and John Malkovich are also in the cast, and the film was directed by Peter Berg. Deepwater Horizon reportedly wrapped production earlier this month and the release date is currently listed as September 30, 2016.
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