If current film franchises are any indicator of what the teens of the future will have to face, we wish them luck. Lots of luck.
Since the worldwide success of the Hunger Games in 2012, movies with the general theme of “teenagers trying to survive in a post-apocolyptic, dystopian world” are everywhere. Divergent, following a young woman in a dark future Chicago where people are assigned predetermined factions based on their personalities, opens in the UK on 4 April
And now, the first trailer of The Maze Runner has been released, and we’re definitely getting some Hunger Games vibes from that as well.
Based on James Dashner’s best-selling young adult novel by the same name, The Maze Runner tells the story of Thomas (Dylan O’Brian), who wakes up in an unknown place with dozens of other boys, surrounded by a giant maze. None of them can recall anything of their previous lives, including why and by whom they were put there.
So where’s the Hunger Games parallel, you ask? Well, the only way to escape this weird place is through the maze, which no one has ever gotten out of successfully. Seems a bit like Katniss and Peeta trying to survive in the Arena if you ask me.
One big difference between The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner is The Maze Runner’s decidedly Brit-heavy cast. Three out of the four main characters are British, despite their on-screen American accents. Recent BAFTA winner Will Poulter and Game of Thrones and Love Actually star Thomas Brodie-Sangster appear as two of the boys Thomas meets in this mysterious location, and Skins actor Kaya Scodelario stars as the first girl who is delivered to the closed-off world.