Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien was badly injured while filming the upcoming installment of the Maze Runner series. The creators of the fantasy drama series maintained the delay in filming as long as possible, but, ultimately, production started without him. Now, if recent reports are to be believed, then the actor, who plays the role of Stiles Stilinski, is reportedly exiting the supernatural TV show and will not be featured as the main lead anymore.
As many of O’Brien’s and Teen Wolf’s fans know that on sets of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, he was injured — his injuries were grave, but not life-threatening. However, earlier in April, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that his injuries were more serious than initially thought. A statement from Fox confirmed that the 24-year-old star will take more time to recover than expected.
“The resumption of principal photography on The Death Cure has been further delayed to allow Dylan O’Brien more time to fully recover from his injuries. We wish Dylan a speedy recovery and look forward to restarting the production as soon as possible.”
Since the accident, The Death Cure has been temporarily shelved and the production crew is waiting to resume the work as soon as the actor is approved by his doctors to shoot action sequences. However, Teen Wolf is entirely a different story, as they have already started the filming without him.
The actor’s publicist, Jennifer Allen, revealed to Entertainment Weekly that O’Brien’s injuries are very serious.
“His injuries are very serious and he needs more time to recover.”
During the writing of Season 6, the producers considered two options to deal with the star’s accident: either kill off his character altogether, or simply move forward without him until the actor recovers. However, both the decisions could have hurt the sentiments of fans. Australian Network News reported that the producers have roped One Direction singer Harry Styles to take over O’Brien’s character. According to the Christian Times, Season 6 of Teen Wolf will bring back some of the old characters and will also feature some new characters. But, O’Brien’s Stilinski would not be returning as the show’s lead.
Production of Season 6 was commenced at the end of February, and while the actor has been busy shooting for the TV show in Los Angeles, he has managed to split his hours between California and Vancouver, Canada, for his role in Maze Runner: The Death Cure. The upcoming movie is the third part in the Maze Runner film franchise, and is based on the book series by James Dashner. The earlier two movies have grossed more than $660 million at the box office, and the production hopes the same fate for the upcoming film. In all the film series, O’Brien plays the role of the main protagonist, Thomas, a teenager in a dystopian world who must escape a vast maze if he wants to survive.
At the Season 5 finale of Teen Wolf, the main pack members had just finished their first semester of their senior year. According to International Business Times, Teen Wolf Season 6 will start from a three-month time jump, and will focus on their senior year. The awaited season will feature two new antagonists in the series: a ghost and a Nazi werewolf. Earlier this year, MTV released a new teaser trailer featuring a ghostly presence on horseback, so it looks like the new villain of the series.
Well, one can only imagine when O’Brien will recover completely from the accident and resume shooting for The Death Cure and at this moment, there is no official confirmation on his role in Season 6 of Teen Wolf.
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