Twitter Campaign Lands Blake Cooper A Role In The Maze Runner

It’s one thing that Twitter has made a huge dent in the way that news gets revealed, but it’s another thing entirely to consider Twitter actually being used to make the news itself. And I’m not talking about suggestive pictures either, because that would probably be highly illegal in this case. Instead, this is a story about how young actor Blake Cooper was able to use social media site to land a role in the upcoming film The Maze Runner

Wes Ball, the director of the James Dashner adaptation, was recently bombarded on Twitter by Cooper, who sent the filmmaker a bunch of messages claiming, “I’m your Chuck!,” referring to the youngest character within the novel’s narrative. Apparently the Tweets led to Ball contacting Denise Chamian, a casting director for Fox, who reached out to Cooper. It was decided a video-recorded audition would be allowed, and apparently it was enough to win over Ball and his crew.

It makes sense, of course, that the director would drop the news via a Tweet, writing,

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Not a lot of fanfare and not a single exclamation mark on that, but it’s exciting news nonetheless. Cooper is largely an unknown actor, having only appeared in a few TV series, as well as a small role in Andy Fickman’s Parental Guidance.

The Maze Runner stars Dylan O’Brien in the lead role of Thomas, a lad who wake up in a mysterious walled in area called The Glades with no memory of how he got there. There are around sixty other boys, called Gladers, in the area, four of whom will be played by Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, but everything changes when a girl (Kaya Scodelario) arrives – the only girl every to show up there – with a message that will affect them all.

Production will soon begin on The Maze Runner, which is aiming for a February 14, 2014 release.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.