At quick glance, the above photo for The Maze Runner almost looks like a group shot of the cast taken on set. Captioned and cataloged on Facebook as a "thank you gift" from the film's director Wes Ball in response to the many questions submitted by fans for yesterday's Maze Runner Twitter chat, it's even easier to see how we might think we're looking at a happy group photo. But take a closer look and you'll see a couple things that reveal this image as a still from the film. For one thing, Teresa's nowhere to be seen. The lone female in the Glade is noticeably absent. And for another, zooming in at the film's star, Dylan O'Brien, who plays Thomas in the adaptation, is pointing toward something, presumably in the Maze that lies ahead.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm also not seeing Minho (Ki Hong Lee) or Alby (Aml Ameen) in that shot, which makes me wonder if they're behind the camera's view here. A certain scene from the book is coming to mind and I'm wondering if that opening where they're all standing is moments from closing. I won't go into further specifics on that for those who haven't read the book, but those who have might know which scene I'm referring to. Any chance that's what we're looking at here?
This photo joins the cluster of previously released stills from the film, not to mention the character photos that were released in anticipation of the mentioned Twitter chat that took place yesterday.
The Maze Runner is due out February 14 and is based on a book (opens in new tab) by James Dashner about a group of teens (almost all boys) sentenced to live in a walled place called the Glade. Each of them arrived there on an elevator with no memory of how they got there or even who they are, beyond their own name. Each morning, the walls open up to a huge maze. The "runners" among the Gladers spend the daylight hours running through the maze, trying to find a way out or some clue as to why they're there. No one wants to get caught in the maze at night after the walls close and the grievers come out. The story begins with Thomas' arrival, which is followed one day later by the arrival of Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), the first female to ever arrive on the elevator, which draws suspicion on Thomas. But with no memory of who he is, or anyone he knows, Teresa's possible connection to him is one more mystery to solve while trying to survive in The Glade.
Check out the bigger version of the above photo below for an up close look at the characters featured.