EXCLUSIVE: Dylan O’Brien is in talks to join Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon opposite Mark Wahlberg. That’s the Summit Entertainment pic based on the infamous 2010 BP oil-rig explosion in the Gulf Of Mexico that killed 11 people and gushed oil into the water for 87 days. O’Brien will play Caleb Holloway, the youngest crew member, who survives but is devastated to have lost a majority of his crew.
O’Brien has developed a fervent fan base from his turn as Stiles on MTV’s Teen Wolf. In a short time, he has launched himself to blockbuster status. His feature debut was in Matt Walsh’s 2011 comedy High Road as a teenager who is kidnapped by a pot dealer. Last fall, he exploded in 20th Century Fox’s feature adaptation of the YA novel The Maze Runner, which opened to No. 1 at the domestic B.O. with $32.5M, ultimately grossing $102.4M stateside and $340.8M worldwide.
O’Brien stars in the sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials which is scheduled to bow September 18.
Back in January, Berg, who previously worked with Wahlberg on Lone Survivor, replaced director J.C. Chandor on Deepwater Horizon. Berg also worked with the project’s screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan on another feature he helmed, The Kingdom. Participant Media and Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s of Di Bonaventura Pictures are producing. Deepwater Horizon will bow on September 30, 2016.
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“The Maze Runner” star Dylan O’Brien wants fans to be prepared for the film series to diverge further from the books in the upcoming sequel, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.”“We strayed a little from the book, so I hope [the fans] are cool with that because we still have plenty of stuff from the book in there,” O’Brien says to Zap2it before the “Teen Wolf” panel at Paleyfest 2015.While O’Brien wasn’t specific about what changes were made from the book to the film, he did say that he feels good about what they were able to capture and he delivered his best for fans of the book series and the first film.“I walked away every day proud,” he says. “That’s all I can worry about. I can’t worry if the movie is good too.”The second book in James Dashner young adult series picks up after Thomas (O’Brien) and his friends have escaped from their prison maze called “The Glade.” Now they must make their way through their disease-ravaged world to figure out why they’re being experimented on and to have a chance at surviving The Flare — a deadly virus that slowly erodes one’s humanity.The first movie, “The Maze Runner,” also diverged from the source material, notably by playing down the romance between Thomas and Theresa (Kaya Scodelario) to focus on their attempts to get out of the maze. In “The Scorch Trials” Thomas meets another potential love interest in Brenda (Rosa Salazaar) though, so the film series has some catching up to do if they plan to stay true to the series’ love triangle.The film wrapped production in January and is still in the early stages of editing, so O’Brien can’t weigh in on the final cut yet.“We just wrapped shooting a month ago. They’ve only been cutting it for that long, so I haven’t seen it. I think it’s great though,” O’Brien says. “I feel like we accomplished something every day. I just have to be happy with the experience, and I am, so that’s the icing on the cake.”“The Scorch Trials” hits theaters on Sept. 18.