When it comes to the casting choices for the film adaptation of “The Maze Runner“, 20th Century Fox made sure that the cast won’t disappoint the avid readers of the book.

Thus, the news about the sequel of “The Maze Runner” just keeps getting better as it was recently confirmed that “The Conjuring” star Lili Taylor and “True Grit” star Barry Pepper will be joining the cast of “The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials”!

Lili Taylor in The Conjuring
Lili Taylor in “The Conjuring” / Image

Best known for her role as the possessed mother in “The Conjuring“, Lili Taylor is set to appear in the sequel as Mary Cooper (not to be confused with Sheldon Cooper’s mother in “The Big Bang Theory”), a new character that is created for the film. Cooper is described as a doctor who starts a colony of survivors in the hopes of making a last stand.


Barry Pepper will play a bigger role in the sequel as he is set to portray Vince, the leader of an organisation called the Right Arm. Vince is described as one of the last remaining soldiers in the Right Arm and he believes that the money used by the WCKD would have been better spent in the disease prevention.

Saving Private Ryan Barry Pepper
Barry Pepper in “Saving Private Ryan” / Image

Titled “The Scorch Trials”, the sequel for the novel-turned-film “The Maze Runner” will be the second installment in The Maze Runner trilogy. The film is the adaptation of James Dashner YA trilogy and director Wes Ball will return to helm the film. It is also scheduled to begin shooting later this month in New Mexico.

The film has received mixed reviews from the critics but has raked in a surprise success total of over $305 million in worldwide box office. Dylan O’Brien and Will Poulter will return to lead the cast, alongside the “Game of Thrones” actor Nathalie Emmanuel and Aidan Gillen. Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito have also joined the cast.

The Scorch Trials Concept Art

What do you think of the casting news, especially with the appearance of a new character? How do you think the sequel will differ from the book? Share us your thoughts in the comments box below!


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