British actor Aml Ameen has booked a role in Fox’s film adaptation of the sci-fi YA novel, The Maze Runner, by James Dashner, which Wes Ball will direct – his feature film debut.
Here’s a description of the novel:
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is
his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s
doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to
the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just
like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade.
All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that
surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every
thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was
expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever
arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she
delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If
only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
Will Poulter (Son of Rambow) will play Thomas.
Ameen will play a character named Alby, described as the honorable but stern leader of the Gladers.
The $30 million movie will shoot in Louisiana this spring.
Ameen continues to make in-roads into the American movie market, with roles in in Lee Daniels‘ The Butler (playing a young Forest Whitaker), as well as in Olatunde Osunsanmi’s thriller Evidence, which Image Entertainment recently picked up U.S. release to.