Yesterday, news broke that Dylan O’Brien, the 24-year-old star of the Maze Runner films and Teen Wolf, had been rushed to hospital after suffering a serious injury on a film set outside Vancouver.
O’Brien had been working on the third Maze Runner movie, Death Cure, when he was struck while filming a scene involving a car, and reportedly suffered a number of broken bones.
Filming was immediately put on hold, but James Dashner, author of the novels that inspired the films, reassured fans that O’Brien’s injuries were not life-threatening, and filming would recommence when he had recovered.
Today, director Wes Ball made a statement, giving an update on O’Brien’s condition, and when filming will start up again. He said, in a letter (a photograph of which he posted to Twitter):
“Well, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions these past few days. I’ve been overwhelmed with feelings of anger and sadness and guilt. But, ultimately I find myself left with a deep love and respect for Dylan. He is one tough cookie. I’m sorry for the grief this accident has caused his friends and family as well as my wonderful cast and crew. It’s scary seeing your friend get hurt, but fortunately, Dylan is going to be just fine. After a few weeks of rest and recovery he’ll be back up and running to finish our adventure together. All the best.”
Ball has directed every film in the Maze Runner series; Death Cure is due out in February 2017.
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