Rosa Salazar Nabs Key Female Role in 'Maze Runner' Sequel (Exclusive)
Rosa Salazar has closed a deal to join the cast of Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, the sequel to Fox’s YA adaptation The Maze Runner.
With Runner a solid performer, Fox immediately dated the sequel and has Scorch Trials in pre-production. Director Wes Ball is back for the sequel as are the producers, Temple Hill Entertainment and the Gotham Group.
Lead Dylan O'Brien is also back and will now find himself in a potential romantic triangle.
The first movie focused on a group of young men escaping through a deadly maze and only had one female lead, played by Kaya Scoledario.
In a major coup for the actress, Salazar will play Brenda, a character who runs around with another group of teens (and who is also that group's lone female) that ends up paired with O’Brien’s character when both end up on the run in tunnels underneath a city.
Aidan Gillen, who plays Game of Thrones character Littlefinger, was previously cast as the villain.
Salazar already has one YA adventure movie under her belt: she recently completed a small role in Divergent sequel Insurgent. The actress has also notched appearances on shows such as Parenthood and American Horror Story. She is repped by Paradigm and Seven Summits Management.
Fox’s The Maze Runner ended up on the high end of this morning’s estimate and after its core audience came out on Saturday night to give the sci-fi actioner around a 20% boost, it will likely run in with $32.5M to $33M+. Grosses from 48 more international markets will be reported tomorrow; Maze Runner opened last weekend overseas to very strong numbers. The adaptation of the YA novel by James Dashner tracked better with males than Divergent did, but it still garnered interest from young females. Probably because of Dylan O’Brien (of MTV’s Teen Wolf). Although the first two acts of Maze Runner were exciting, the third act was confusing. However, filmmakers set this one up for a sequel and, in fact, the next installment is already in pre-production. Good thing this one opened.