September 16, 2017

LA TIMES – For the past year, Dylan O’Brien has been in hiding. He spent most of his time inside his home in Sherman Oaks, wondering if he’d ever be the same person he was before the accident. Not just emotionally, but physically too: After major reconstructive surgery that left him with four metal plates holding one side of his face together, he feared he’d never look the same again.

“It’s a miracle, what they’ve done,” O’Brien says, placing his hand on his cheek. Indeed, the actor’s team of doctors must have done some incredible work, given the fact that he looks almost exactly as he always has — the boyish teen heartthrob who has amassed an army of young female fans since he began working on MTV’s “Teen Wolf” at age 18.

Of course, he’s 26 now, so he’s filled out a bit, and there’s also a hint of patchy scruff on his face. He had enough gravitas to him that the producers of “American Assassin,” which opens nationwide Friday, felt confident casting him as the grizzled action-hero Mitch Rapp — even though the character in Vince Flynn’s bestselling books was widely believed by readers to be in his 40s.

“American Assassin” is the reason O’Brien emerged from his self-imposed exile. He’d signed onto the film just a few weeks before he began work on “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” the third and final installment in 20th Century Fox’s post-apocalyptic young-adult franchise. He was hoping “Assassin” would mark the beginning of a new period in his career. In 2017, after six seasons, “Teen Wolf” would come to an end, as would the “Maze Runner” series.

“I’ve never looked at myself as this pop candy type,” O’Brien says, peppering his speech with more colorful language. “I felt like I was more real than that, so I would get mad when someone would say [I was a teen heartthrob]. I’d be like, ‘I’m 19! I’m a stoner!’ I really resented that.”

He was so excited to begin work on “Assassin” that he fielded calls from director Michael Cuesta just as production began in Vancouver, Canada, on the final “Maze Runner” film. Together, they discussed how O’Brien would approach the character, a 23-year-old who is recruited by the CIA to hunt down terrorists after he witnesses his girlfriend’s murder at the hands of Muslim radicals.

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September 16, 2017

USA TODAY – LOS ANGELES — Dylan O’Brien knew there would be online turbulence when he was cast as black ops killer Mitch Rapp in American Assassin.

O’Brien, 26, understands that fans of Vince Flynn’s best-selling novels might not visualize the star of MTV’s Teen Wolf as the guy to take on the lethal hitman, a part that Thor’s Chris Hemsworth turned down for scheduling reasons.

“Maybe people didn’t assume I could step into this role and be believable,” says O’Brien. “All’s fair in filmmaking, but no one knows you like yourself.”

He knew he could defy those expectations, unleashing an angry young killer-in-training in the edgy origin story American Assassin (in theaters Friday), a portrayal fueled by O’Brien’s emotional return from an injury last year on the set of Maze Runner: The Death Cure that nearly ended his career.

He was cast in Assassin while holed up in his L.A. home, feeling angry and depressed as he recovered from a serious head injury suffered when he was thrown from the harness of a moving vehicle during a stunt.

“There’s the physical recovery. And you’re going through a post-traumatic psychological recovery as well,” O’Brien says. “Your mind is so consumed with doubt, you’re just beaten down. And you feel guilt in a really weird way.”

Not only was Maze Runner filming postponed because of the accident (the movie will be out in January), but he had doubts whether he could take on any parts, much less an action role.

“You start experiencing things that are abnormal, you’re just not yourself. What you don’t realize is that you’re reacting to a situation where your brain experienced severe trauma,” says O’Brien. “You’re irritable and isolated and you’re angry. So angry. Because that can give you some power back.”

He realized he could fuel those feelings into the character, who loses his fiancée in a terrorist attack, a trauma that consumes Rapp with a desire for revenge as he trains with a black ops specialist (Michael Keaton).

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May 10, 2016

DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Dylan O’Brien is in negotiations with CBS Films to play Mitch Rapp in American Assassin, the adaptation of the Vince Flynn bestselling novel series that Michael Cuesta will direct for CBS Films and Lionsgate. O’Brien will play the title character, who ruthlessly carries out covert counter-terrorist operations for the CIA in the book series. A deal is expected to make shortly, ending a long search for what is expected to be a star making role. He would star alongside Michael Keaton, who signed on earlier to play Stan Hurley, a badass Cold War veteran who teaches the young assassin everything he needs to know. Stephen Schiff adapted the novel and Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing. CBS Films and Lionsgate are co-financing; CBS Films is overseeing the production and marketing while Lionsgate will release what is hoped to be the start of a series. Production begins this summer.

Lionsgate will be selling foreign on the film, and having O’Brien in the fold will surely help. It also means he’s recovering from his injuries incurred during the shooting of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which had to be postponed to give him time.

The series will begin as Rapp is a black ops recruit who’s devastated by the loss of his fiancee to a terrorist attack. The CIA deputy director assigns the shadowy Hurley to train a grief-stricken but highly motivated Rapp how to thwart terrorist operations and hunt the perpetrators. As Rapp’s training progresses, the pair is dispatched on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative from starting World War III in the Middle East. Rapp appears in 14 bestselling novels written by Flynn, who died in 2013. This has long been thought of as fertile ground for an action franchise, but it has taken forever to crystallize.

O’Brien is best known for The Maze Runner, and he’s part of the cast of the upcoming Deepwater Horizon, which is being made by Summit so clearly they got a good look at the young actor’s potential. WME and Principal Entertainment rep him.

December 18, 2015

THR.COM – The project was once to have been a vehicle for Emma Stone.

Little White Corvette is the little engine that could.

The action comedy that was once set up at two different studios and was to have been a starring vehicle for Emma Stone has now been picked up by Twentieth Century Fox.

Dylan O’Brien, the star of Fox’s Maze Runner franchise, is attached to star in Corvette while Iain Morris, who co-created the British comedy The Inbetweeners, is in talks to direct.

The script by Michael Diliberti centers on a dysfunctional pair of siblings, a nerdy brother and a wild older sister, who find a stash of cocaine in their late father’s 1977 Corvette Stingray. They hope to make their problems disappear by scoring a million dollar deal in Miami but their road trip goes south when they are pursued by not only the police but a mysterious man in a Dodge Demon.

O’Brien would play the brother. The sister has not been cast.

Graham King of GK Films is producing. Emma Watts and Jason Young are overseeing for the studio.

Corvette first hit the pavement at MRC and then in 2012 GK Films acquired the script in a seven-figure deal with Stone attached. It was last being parked at Columbia.

O’Brien, repped by WME and Gotham/Principal, is also the star of MTV’s Teen Wolf and will be seen with Mark Wahlberg in Lionsgate’s Deepwater Horizon.

Morris is repped by UTA.

September 21, 2015


BUZZFEED.COM – Being a part of one of the biggest blockbusters of the year might be stressful for some, but luckily the cast of The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is basically one big family. Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Dexter Darden all stopped by BuzzFeed LA to give us the lowdown on who’s the cast’s relationship expert, the selfie queen, and who actually is the best runner.

1. Who is most likely to be found at craft services?

Dexter Darden and Kaya Scodelario: Thomas.
Dexter: Without a doubt.
Ki Hong Lee: Seriously? I was going to say Dext!
Dexter: Me? No, craft services is Thomas for sure. You’ll find me at catering.
Kaya: They kept losing [Thomas] and he’d be standing [at craft services] drinking tea.

2. Who is most likely to be caught napping in between scenes?

Dexter: Dylan.
Kaya: Me, I nap! I can curl in a ball and sleep.
Dylan O’Brien: It’s amazing.

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September 17, 2015

VARIETY.COM – Twentieth Century Fox premiered “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” the second installment of the successful “Maze Runner” young adult franchise, Tuesday night at the Times Square Regal Cinemas in New York amid fan pandemonium. Outside the theater, countless tweens waited in line to get up close and snap selfies with the film’s young cast.

Fans will be thrilled to find out that director Wes Ball is returning to the director’s chair to helm “The Death Cure,” the third and final story of the science fiction series written by James Dashner. Shooting is slated to begin in December.

The “Maze Runner” films marks Dylan O’Brien‘s first big screen role as a leading man. Although he’s been the lead on MTV’s “Teen Wolf” for the past five seasons, the 24-year-old actor admits being the first on the call sheet in a big budget Hollywood movie and seeing his name on top of billboards is a “surreal” experience.

“When I was 12, if someone told me that I would star in a film and make movies, I would have tripped out,” said O’Brien, who hopes to follow in the footstep of Matt Damon and Sam Rockwell’s careers. “Now that it’s really happening, I’m living my wildest dreams and it makes me want to work harder. I never want to disappoint and I don’t want to be the dud in anything I do. I want to continue to do great work.”

Patricia Clarkson signed on to play the pivotal role of Chancellor Ava Paige, the film’s manipulative adversary, after getting approval from two young friends.

“My neighbors, who are quite young, told me the book rocks after I told them I had been offered a role in the first movie and their reaction was unbelievable. I’ve never seen them so excited in all their lives,” she said. “After seeing how excited they were, I knew I had to take the role. They are both now 15 and I brought them here tonight to the premiere.”

Franchise newcomer Giancarlo Esposito appreciated the film’s unique message compared to the other YA stories such as “Divergent” and “Hunger Games,” which drew him to play Jorge, a leader of a group of survivors known as the Cranks.

“This film has so much depth to it. I feel like this film has key elements in what we have lost and have seized to think about on a daily basis,” said the “Breaking Bad” alum. “The film shows hope, courage, morality and what banding together with others is like and thinking about issues that are bigger than us.”

July 25, 2015

Dylan is TVLine’s Performer of the Week!

THE PERFORMER | Dylan O’Brien
THE SHOW | Teen Wolf
THE EPISODE | “A Novel Approach” (July 20)
THE PERFORMANCE | In the world of MTV’s Teen Wolf, an “anchor” is something the werewolves focus on — it can be a person, a feeling, or even a memory — in order to retain their humanity. After Monday’s episode, it finally hit us that Teen Wolf has an anchor of its own: Dylan O’Brien’s Stiles.

Besides the fact that Stiles is literally the only human character left among the drama’s regular stable, he’s also played a vital role in keeping his friends on track, at times even drawing them back into the light. But something changed this week. Accidental though it may have been, Stiles tasted his first kill, effectively pushing him over a line he was not prepared to cross, one from which there’s no turning back.

The harrowing first 10 minutes of Monday’s episode, in which Stiles was hunted by Donovan — who blamed Stiles’ father, Sheriff Stilinski, for his own father’s paralysis — contained some of the most thrilling, horrifying sequences in the show’s five-season history. And as any fan can attest, the one thing Teen Wolf does best is horror. Frankly, if the Stiles-Donovan confrontation had been stretched to cover the entire length of the episode, it would have been a satisfying hour.

O’Brien has always demonstrated an incredible, seemingly effortless, ability to turn Stiles’ exploits into shared experiences with the audience, an ability which was in full-effect Monday. When he wrestled free from Donovan’s clutches, it felt like we were gasping for air and fighting for our lives; when he hid behind the bookcase in the library, unsure of whether to confront his attacker or keep running, it was like we were battling our own internal fight-or-flight response; and when he sat breathless in his car, spying on the police as they investigated what was now a murder scene, it was like our whole world was closing in around us.

We can’t say for sure how Stiles will deal with the fallout from his actions, but if history is any indication — we’re thinking back to Season 3’s stellar nogitsune saga — it’s safe to say that O’Brien will anchor the experience with the same vulnerability and authenticity we’ve come to expect from a performer of his caliber.

July 09, 2015

MTV continued to surprise Teen Wolf fans with the best news at Comic-Con.

The network continued its annual tradition of announcing a series renewal at Comic-Con, this time revealing Thursday that the supernatural drama would return for a sixth season.

The drama from showrunner Jeff Davis will again return for a 20-episode season, getting the early renewal after the fifth season debuted June 29 to 1.53 million total viewers — on par its most recent finale.

The drama ranks as MTV’s longest-running scripted series and comes as the Viacom-owned network continues to push further into genre fare with its Scream remake and upcoming The Shannara Chronicles, both of which are well-represented at Comic-Con.

This season marks Teen Wolf’s first without series star Tyler Hoechlin as Davis previously told THR that he had no end in sight for the drama. “There’s always talk of more. I always like to say, if the network is behind and if we still have stories to tell that get us excited, we’ll probably go for it,” he said ahead of the June return.

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June 29, 2015

Many ships have crashed and burned throughout four seasons of “Teen Wolf,” but one that has remained steady is the ultimate bro-ship of Scott (Tyler Posey) and Stiles (Dylan O’Brien). Now it is going to be tested like never before in Season 5.

Their unwavering loyalty to each other broke hearts with episodes like “Motel California” when Stiles had to talk Scott out of killing himself. Then again in Season 3 when Stiles was diagnosed with the same teenage dementia his mother had and Scott promised, “If you have it, we’ll do something. I’ll do something.”

When it turned out Stiles didn’t have dementia but was instead inhabited by an evil Japanese “jokester” spirit, Scott didn’t rest until he found a way to save his friend.

No matter what horror has landed in Beacon Hills, the best friends are always there for each other. In Season 5, they’ll be challenged by even more frightening beasts and the challenge of staying together once they graduate

“Stiles says that his dad has friends from high school that he never talks to anymore so Stiles worries that Scott and he will drift apart one day,” Posey explains to Zap2it during a “Teen Wolf” set visit. “He wants to maintain their friendship and live close to each other. Scott wants the same. He loves his buddy. They’ve been through everything together.”

However, as the first trailer for Season 5 shows, things aren’t going that smoothly for the guys. The stress of the new evil force in town clearly wears on their friendship.

“They get pulled apart a little bit. They have a blowout, which is going to be really fun to play,” Posey says. “We have toyed with Scott and Stiles getting mad at each other but this is different. There may be some tears coming from some upset fans.”

Stiles isn’t the only one pulling away from Scott. This season will test all of his relationships and Scott may have to figure out everyone without the power of his pack.

“He has a lot of love for Stiles and Kira [Arden Cho]. Those are his rocks, but they are being pulled away from him right now,” Posey says. “We haven’t really played with Scott losing his mind. He always knows what’s happening and what step to take next. He doesn’t know why his friends are being pulled away from him and he’s at a loss — which is new for him.”

Find out if Scott can put things back together — and more importantly what’s pulling everyone apart — when “Teen Wolf” Season 5 premieres Monday, June 29 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.

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June 04, 2015

On television, they might still be teenagers. But in real life, the cast of Teen Wolf is over 21. Which means EW didn’t break any laws when we got Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, and Holland Roden together a couple weeks ago for Three Rounds of socially lubricated conversation. Below, an excerpt from the beginning of our conversation. (Teen Wolf returns on June 29.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Drinking with Teen Wolf would’ve been illegal a couple of years ago. Did you celebrate your 21st birthdays together?
TYLER POSEY: We all went to Vegas for my birthday!
DYLAN O’BRIEN: One of the darkest weekends of our lives.
HOLLAND RODEN: I was the only girl.
POSEY: Do you remember when I hit on you?
RODEN: Tyler makes every girl feel really beautiful, because he’s always hitting on us.

Dylan, has Tyler ever hit on you?
O’BRIEN: Me more than anyone.
POSEY: I kiss him all the time.
RODEN: They’ve seen each other’s butts probably more than I’ve seen either of their butts.
POSEY: [to Dylan] I don’t think I’ve ever seen your butt before.
O’BRIEN: I’ve seen yours multiple times.

Get more fun with the cast of Teen Wolf in the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on sale now.

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