'Maze Runner' Star Dylan O'Brien Injured on Set
Production on 'The Maze Runner: The Death Cure' will be shut down while he recovers.
Dylan O'Brien, who stars in 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner series, was injured in an accident on set.
The 24-year-old actor was shooting the third installment, The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, in British Columbia when he was hurt on Thursday. He was taken immediately to a local hospital for his injuries.
Wes Ball is directing the film, which is set for release on Feb, 17, 2017. In the movie, O'Brien's character, Thomas, embarks on a mission to find a cure to a deadly disease known as the "Flare."
Production on the film will be shut down while he recovers, according to a statement from Fox. A source says O'Brien fell while shooting a scene, but O'Brien's rep says she expects he will recover fully from his injuries.
The studio released the following statement: "Dylan O'Brien was injured yesterday while filming Maze Runner: The Death Cure in Vancouver, Canada. He was immediately transferred to a local hospital for observation and treatment. Production on the film will be shut down while he recovers. Our thoughts go out to Dylan for a full and speedy recovery."
James Dashner, the author of the Maze Runner book trilogy, took to Twitter Friday afternoon to say that O'Brien was hurt, but that his injuries are "not life threatening in any way."
I just want to let everyone know that yes, Dylan was hurt, but that he’s going to be okay. Not life threatening in any way.— James Dashner (@jamesdashner) March 18, 2016
Production is postponed but certainly not cancelled. All that matters now is that Dylan recovers. We love you, Dylan!!!— James Dashner (@jamesdashner) March 18, 2016
Two days following the accident, Ball took to Twitter to both apologize and give an update on the injured actor.
"Well, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions these past dew days. I’ve been overwhelmed with feelings of anger and sadness and guilt. But, ultimately I find myself left with just 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 signed the post.
On Monday, WorkSafeBC, the province's workplace safety agency, confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that it has launched an investigation into the accident. WorkSafeBC spokesperson Trish Knight Chernecki said two prevention officers had reached the set near Kamloops, B.C. and that their probe was ongoing.
O'Brien also stars on MTV series Teen Wolf, which is currently on hiatus.
March 19, 2:24 p.m.: Updated with Ball's Twitter post.
March 21, 12:20 p.m.: Updated with WorkSafeBC probe confirmation