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‘Maze Runner’ Sequel Casts Actress From ‘Divergent’

It seems that films based on popular Young Adult novels are competing for attention these days, but that doesn’t mean they can’t share an actor here or there. The star of Divergent, Shailene Woodley, already enjoyed the success of another huge Young Adult hit with The Fault In Our Stars. Now it seems Divergent will be sharing another actress with a different movie, The Maze Runner sequel.

According to Hypable, actress Rosa Salazar will appear in the upcoming sequel to The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials. Salazar has already been cast in Insurgent as Lynn. For the second film in The Maze Runner trilogy, Rosa will be taking on the role of Brenda.

In The Maze Runner novels, Brenda is a strong and independent character and the lone female in a group of teenagers. She ends up on the run in a labyrinth of tunnels underneath the city. Thomas, the main character from The Maze Runner, depends on Brenda a lot outside the maze.

Salazar has already finished shooting for Insurgent but has yet to get her hands dirty on the cast of The Maze Runner sequel. Rosa also has acting experience from Parenthood and American Horror Story.

The Hollywood Reporter mentioned yesterday that shooting for The Maze Runner sequel will begin next month, adding Rosa Salazar to a cast that includes Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. More recent casting news for The Maze Runner revealed that the villain of the series will be played by Aidan Gillen. You might have seen Aidan in the Game of Thrones series playing Littlefinger.

So far, there is no other news on The Maze Runner’s growing cast, including who will play key roles such as Aris and Jorge.

The Maze Runner novels are written by James Dashner. The first book in the series, The Maze Runner, follows Thomas and a group of other teenagers who have no memory of their childhood. They are given various tasks around an enormous maze called the Glade, which contains creatures that could potentially restore memories. After The Maze Runner, the next novels in the trilogy are The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure.

James Dashner recently revealed that he will be writing a prequel to The Maze Runner series soon. Read more about it here.

The Maze Runner did decently well in theaters, securing over $30 million in its first weekend. What do you think about The Maze Runner and its cast? Will you be seeing any Maze Runner sequels?