Maze Runner

Former Hermosa Beach resident Dylan O'Brien, pictured at WonderCon in Anaheim on Saturday, stars in "The Maze Runner," which opens in September. (photo by Michael Hixon)

Former Hermosa Beach resident Dylan O’Brien has been on MTV’s “Teen Wolf” for three seasons (season four will debut in June), but he will soon be in theaters in September as the main character in “The Maze Runner."

Based on the young adult book series by James Dashner, “The Maze Runner,” which will be released by 20th Century Fox, follows a group of teens who wake up without any memory. The only way Thomas, played by O’Brien, and the others held captive can discover clues about how they can escape is by exploring mazes filled with deadly creatures.

It’s a role that you absolutely would kill for. It’s the unsung hero, the ordinary person in extraordinary situations,” said O’Brien on Saturday at WonderCon in Anaheim where some of the cast and director Wes Ball were promoting the film. “That’s the kind of movie I loved growing up. It’s the kind of role I look for as an actor.”

O’Brien, who moved to Hermosa Beach with his parents when he was 12 years old, was part of a local group, Slow Kids At Play, until he landed the role of Stiles, the best friend of teen-turned-werewolf Scott, played by Tyler Posey. O’Brien has starred in all 49 episodes and will return for season four on June 23.

O’Brien said he didn’t feel the pressure of playing the lead in what could be the next big young adult series following the success of “The Hunger Games.”

These things seem to blow up after filming the movie ... it was such a small movie especially for a film like this,” O’Brien said. “We had the smallest scale, budget, time (and) we were restrained by a lot of things, so it never felt like this was the next ‘Hunger Games’ or I was the next Katniss. I never felt the weight of that at all.”

The Maze Runner” will open in theaters Sept. 19.

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