Daily Read (5/12/16)

Bryan Cranston is starring in a new series based on Philip K. Dick’s writings, entitled Electric Dreams. It looks like it’s going to be a bunch of standalone episodes, and Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, BSG) is also involved. Huh. I’m not particularly a Philip K. Dick fan but I’m curious to see how this format works out for them.

Dylan O’Brien is reportedly in talks to play main character Mitch Rapp in American Assassin, a potential franchise based on Vince Flynn’s novels.

The White Princess casting news! Michelle Fairley will play Margaret Beaufort and Jodie Comer has been cast as Elizabeth of York. In The White Queen, those roles were played by Amanda Hale and a variety of young actresses including Freya Mavor, but it makes sense to recast as the characters will be older in the new show.

Paddington 2 seems to be a thing that’s happening for some reason.

Akiva Goldsman is producing an adaptation of David E. Hoffman’s nonfiction book The Billion Dollar Spy, and you know that I am always here for a Cold War spy story.

Movie Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze RunnerI was not a particular fan of the book The Maze Runner, so this was one of the relatively few cases in which I was pretty sure the movie could be better. And it was! A bit. A lot of the credit goes to lead Dylan O’Brien, who was in almost every scene and definitely carried the movie. If nothing else, I hope this gets him some attention. The rest of the cast was generally solid, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Aml Ameen were the other stand-outs to me. The plot is still fundamentally kind of a mess, and the more you think about it, the less the whole thing holds together. But I found this less distracting in movie form, and the book lent itself very well to the screen, especially the action and the visuals of the maze itself. The movie was genuinely scary at times – though I realize I’m a wimp – and I’m still worrying about griever nightmares. I was pleased to see the racial diversity among the cast, though in movie form it was even more obvious that there were barely any women – though that, of course, was a decision that the book made. And hey, the movie did its job of leaving me fairly curious about what was going on and what would happen next. Curious enough to read the next book? I’m not sure. But I’d probably see another movie, if they made one.

The Maze Runner Promos + Making the Maze Featurette

The Maze RunnerFrom the title, I was hoping this featurette would be more about the making of the actual maze itself in the movie, but it’s more of a general “making of.” Still – interesting! It features author James Dashner, director Wes Ball, and stars Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, and Kaya Scodelario. The Maze Runner will be in theaters next Friday, September 19th.

And here are a few new promos for the movie released by 20th Century Fox:

“Unlock:”

“Leave:”

“Dangerous Place:”

The Maze Runner Featurette: Meet the Gladers

The Maze RunnerIn this new featurette, director Wes Ball and actors Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster talk about the cast bonding on the set of The Maze Runner. The movie will be in theaters on September 19th.

The Maze Runner Casts Dylan O’Brien as Thomas

Dylan O'BrienDeadline reports that The Maze Runner has cast Dylan O’Brien of Teen Wolf in the lead role of Thomas. He’s “one of a group of teens who wake up in a maze with no memory of how they got there. He then search for answers and a way out.” The movie is based on the novel by James Dashner and is scheduled to be in theaters on Valentine’s Day next year.