Now that Dylan O’Brien has wrapped up the final movie in the Maze Runner franchise, Death Cure, fans are wondering what movies or TV shows he’ll take on next.
O’Brien rose to fame portraying Stiles on Teen Wolf, but has done a fantastic job of using that notoriety to catapult himself forward, instead of being typecast as the leading man’s best friend.
It really kicked off in 2012, when he was cast as the lead and romantic love interest Dave in The First Time. The Internship came next in 2013, where he played a smaller role, but got to rub elbows with the likes of comedy veterans Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
It wasn’t until 2014, however, when O’Brien was cast in Maze Runner, that everyone started to notice him on a larger scale. Young Adult book-to-film adaptations are still a strong vehicle for Hollywood starlets, and this was just the franchise that O’Brien needed to begin his climb toward stardom.
It was after this point he began starring in larger movies, such as Deepwater Horizon opposite Mark Wahlberg and American Assassin opposite Michael Keaton.
But American Assassin hit theaters in 2017 and Death Cure came out in January 2018. Until recently, the actor’s IMDb page was void of any upcoming projects.
So what Dylan O’Brien movies or TV shows are in the pipeline?
Dylan O’Brien movies, TV shows coming soon
It’s always been difficult to know exactly what projects O’Brien is looking into next, as he’s famously quiet on social media. He came out of a nearly month-long hiatus to call out Logan Paul’s behavior and has recently been more vocal about the current social and political climate. He also doesn’t attend as many conventions or press junkets as his co-stars.
The actor has been attached to two other projects which have yet to begin production. The first, announced in 2013, was a film called Glimmer, which would follow a group of teens who discovered a portal to the past.
The second, announced in 2015, was called Little White Corvette, about a brother and sister trying to sell a substantial amount of cocaine they found in the trunk of their deceased father’s sports car.
Both of these movies are still in development and there isn’t much known about them, though it appears as though O’Brien is no longer attached to either project. Whether or not that will change again is entirely up to both the actor and the studios, and we’ll just have to wait to find out.
It’s possible there will be another American Assassin film. The production budget was $33 million dollars and it made that back and then some on the domestic front. Worldwide, it took in $66 million. Critics haven’t been too favorable toward it, but those who are invested in O’Brien will want to see the franchise live on.
When American Assassin was first announced, the idea was to create the next Jason Bourne franchise. It’s unclear if that’s still the aim, though with a fresh script it’s likely new life could be breathed into the next movie.
Few have had problems with O’Brien’s performance, which is quite a compelling deviation from his previous work, so his involvement alone could be enough to give the character a second shot.
There has also been speculation about a prequel Maze Runner movie, although Director Wes Ball has said he has no interest in helming that film. If this does come to be, O’Brien’s movie role would only be in the form of a cameo, since it’s set 13 years before the events of the first movie.
Looking forward, there are currently three upcoming projects featured on his IMDb page, all of which are in pre-production.
The first is The Education of Fredrick Fitzell, slated for 2019. O’Brien will portray Fred, a completely average 30-year-old who’s on the verge of an existential crisis. A chance encounter with someone from his childhood propels him into the past, where he tries to solve the mysterious case of a missing girl, a drug called Mercury, and a monstrous creature that has found him in the present.
It sounds like this film will be a bit trippy, as the past and present start to parallel each other in interesting ways. The movie will also star Maika Monroe (Independence Day: Resurgence, The Fifth Wave) and is being written and directed by Christopher MacBride. At the very least, it’ll be quite a departure from what O’Brien has done in the past.
Though it doesn’t currently have any sort of release date, another upcoming Dylan O’Brien movie is The Bayou, in which he’ll play Ceto opposite Joey King and Gary Oldman. He’ll need to choose between siding with his mentor, who works for a crime syndicate, and a young girl they have enslaved. This project sounds a little closer to what Dylan has done in the past, but also seems like it’ll give him a chance to show off a slightly darker side.
The last project in the pipeline is called Marceau. O’Brien will star as Marcel Marceau, and the film will tell the true story of his involvement in the French Resistance. This is obviously a period piece, which will be quite interesting to see Dylan take on. I hope he’s got a good handle on his French accent!
O’Brien’s list of completed projects is quite short at the moment, with the actor doing one feature film per year. It’ll be interesting to see if that changes.
Following his on-set accident during the Death Cure filming, O’Brien has said picking up American Assassin helped him get back on his feet. We can only hope that leads to even more upcoming movies.
On a personal level, I hope Dylan chooses to pick up a comedy here and there. He’s proven through the Maze Runner Franchise and American Assassin that he is a quickly rising action star, but he stole people’s hearts as the weird and hilarious Stiles Stilinski on Teen Wolf.
He was born with comedic timing, and as much as I appreciate seeing him kick ass, I’d love to see him in another blockbuster comedy or romcom.
And speaking of Teen Wolf, fans of that series are familiar with O’Brien’s ability to play the villain disturbingly well. Though it would be difficult to put the leading man mentality behind us, I think playing the bad guy would further show the world what kind of acting chops he has.
Either way, I have a feeling I’ll enjoy whatever projects O’Brien has coming up next, whether they’re comedic, dramatic, action-packed, or full of twisted villainy. Here’s to hoping we find out sooner rather than later!
But until then, be sure to keep an eye out for The Education of Fredrick Fitzell, The Bayou, and Marceau.
What kinds of movies would you love to see Dylan O’Brien tackle next?
Editors note: This article was updated on June 4, 2018 with the latest information about Dylan O’Brien’s past and future projects.
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