Breakout actor Ki Hong Lee stars in final chapter of Gladers in ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’

The highly-anticipated conclusion of the worldwide YA hit book-to-movie franchise “The Maze Runner” that was released in 2014 meets its final chapter in “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” starring an ensemble of today’s most talented actors led by Dylan O’Brien along with Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Dexter Darden, Aidan Gillen and Patricia Clarkson.

Maze Runner was Ki Hong Lee’s first feature film role. Lee played Minho in the film, a key ally to Thomas when he first arrived in the Glade – the prison he found himself in at the start of the movie. He returned in the follow-up, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” and comes back once again to complete the trilogy in The Death Cure. But at the end of The Scorch Trials, Minho was captured by the forces of WCKD, and so The Death Cure starts with the Gladers on a mission to save their friend, and bust him out of the prison train he’s being transported on.

Lee’s career outside of THE Maze Runner has gone from strength to strength since the first film’s release. He starred in the first two seasons of the Netflix hit “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, and had further feature film roles in “Everything Before Us,” “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” “The Mayor” and “Wish Upon.” His other television credits include recurring appearances in “Motherlover” and “The Nine Lives of Chloe King.”

In the following Q&A had for Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Lee explains more about his role in the film and his passion for Maze Runner series.

Q: How has it felt to see this series through to its conclusion thus far?

A: It’s been sweet. This whole journey has been a very special one for me in particular just because THE MAZE RUNNER was my and Wes’s first movie ever in our careers, and I’m forever grateful for this opportunity and what it’s done for me so far. And to play such an amazing character, who is just strong, cool, and masculine, as an Asian American has been a role of a lifetime in a way.

Q: Where do we find Minho at the start of this movie?

A: It picks up where the second one left off, as in the second one you saw him getting captured by WCKD. This film is literally, from the beginning, a rescue mission for Minho. He’s very broken and he’s very up against the wall. And he’s fighting hard to just be remotely alive and it’s been interesting and fun to play. I’ve never seen Minho this desperate before. So you stripped him of his family, and you stripped him of his abilities and that’s what you get for the third movie. I guess in the first two movies he’s always fighting for his family, but in this one he’s fighting for himself, and the sliver of hope he has of getting out.

Q: Minho has had quite a journey over the course of the films. As an actor, how satisfying has it been to track those changes to this same person?

A: You know, a lot of actors say, “I want a role to really sink my teeth into, really do something with.” And I’ve been very fortunate to play the same character for many years now, and I’ve gotten to see every year, a different side of him. And I’ve gotten to experience different things with him, and see different facets of his character that I didn’t even know existed when I first originated the Minho role. It’s been interesting.

Q: Are there moments that stick out in your mind as being particularly memorable?

A: Every project has its moments and memories and I guess if you were to just take it as a whole, I’ll miss the cast because I will miss coming home after a long day, going into someone’s room with every single cast member and just chilling and just hanging out, until we had to go to sleep because our call time was in like, 5 hours. We’re just literally friends just hanging out and just happy to be making a movie at the same time, for the last 4 years.

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros.

 

Deadliest rescue mission lurks in ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’

Action reaches new heights in this mission-oriented third and final segment of The Maze Runner Series, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure.” The Wes Ball-directed adaptation of the bestselling James Dashner YA trilogy is a 20th Century Fox production. The screenplay was written by T.S. Nowlin. Producers are Ellen Goldsmith-Vein of The Gotham Group, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Productions Joe Hartwick, Jr., Wes Ball, and Lee Stollman.

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” picks up roughly six months after the Scorch Trials ended. In the final battle of The Scorch the survivors of The Flare, a disease that has devastated the world’s population, have defined their purpose; to find a safe haven away from the influence of WCKD. This exciting conclusion of the Maze Runner trilogy reunites many of the original cast members from 2014’s The Maze Runner; Dylan O’Brien as Thomas; Kaya Scodelario as Teresa; Ki Hong Lee as Minho; Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt; Dexter Darden as Frypan and Patricia Clarkson as Dr. Ava Paige along with newer cast members from Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials; Giancarlo Esposito as Jorge, Rosa Salazar as Brenda, Aidan Gillen as Janson, Barry Pepper as Vince and Walton Goggins as Lawrence.

Uncertain if this “last city” had even survived, the “Gladers” knew that somehow gaining entry would be difficult. To then break in to the WKCD headquarters where Minho was being held, that was impossible. For Thomas, setting difficult goals was not unusual. As Dylan O’Brien says of his character, “In the first movie the challenge was to solve the maze, to break out of the glade. A big part of the group, led by Gally, wanted no part of that. They looked at the glade as their home and they were safe. In Scorch Trials we were out of the maze, had a building to live in and were taken care of but there was a price to pay. In this film, in Death Cure, Thomas wants to break in to the place that caused all of this to save his friend Minho, which he promised he’d do. Most thought it was a crazy plan.”

The final chapter gets even more WCKD in IMAX screens with the movie having an expanded ratio of 26% more of all scenes than the average cinemas. That’s 26% more of the action, suspense, and adventure! Coupled with IMAX’s gigantic screen, crystal-clear images, and powerful digital audio, it will feel like you’re truly part of the action.

No friend is left behind when “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” opens January 24 in all cinemas and in all IMAX screens nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Last city standing in final chapter of ‘Maze Runner’ movie series

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure”, the third and final chapter of the massively-followed YA blockbuster book-to-movie franchise will open in Philippine cinemas on January 24 with returning cast – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

In (the first movie) The maze Runner, the Gladers found themselves in the middle of a giant maze patrolled by deadly monsters. With no memory of who they were before they found themselves in the Glade, mystery abounded, and getting out of the maze’s oppressive walls was their main preoccupation. In Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, they had achieved their goal, only to discover that the outside world contained just as many horrors.

And now, in Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the Gladers have finally caught up to the nightmare of their reality. Time has passed since the events of The Scorch Trials, during which Teresa betrayed her friends and Minho (Ki-Hong Lee) was captured by the shadowy organisation WCKD. As the movie opens, the Gladers are orchestrating an elaborate train heist to try and rescue their friend, finally ready to fight rather than flee.

“It’s the world of WCKD,” director Wes Ball says. “The last city left standing. WCKD has built, essentially, the same maze walls around it, surrounding the city to protect this core group of people that are just trying to survive the Flare virus. They’re looking for safety, a cure, whatever.”

So in The Death Cure, we come full circle. Where in The Maze Runner, the Gladers were trying to escape their prison, now they’re trying to break into WCKD’s idea of paradise. “It’s essentially a heist movie this time.”

“When we pick up with the characters in this, it’s the first time we’re seeing any time pass in these movies,” says Dylan O’Brien. “This is really the first time you’re seeing Thomas experienced and a little more mature. He’s dead set on this goal of redemption, and taking down WCKD once and for all. He’s driven. And they’re all dialled-in.”

For Ki-Hong Lee, Minho’s kidnapping has hit him hard. “He’s very broken and up against the wall,” the actor says. “I’ve never seen Minho this desperate before. Because he’s always got it together, he’s always got a plan, he’s always trying to help people, he’s always trying to lead. So you stripped him of his family, and you stripped him of his abilities and that’s what you get for the third movie. I guess in the first two movies he’s always fighting for his family, but in this one he’s fighting for himself, and the sliver of hope he has of getting out.”

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” runs in Philippine cinemas on January 24, 2018, nationwide (also available in IMAX screens) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Gladers have last fight for survival in ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’

The highly kinetic and global hit YA book-to-movie series “Maze Runner” comes in full circle in the final chapter “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” where the Gladers have finally caught up in the reality of their nightmare. Reprising their roles in the concluding saga are Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen and Patricia Clarkson.

Based on the book by James Dashner and directed by Wes Ball, from the first global box-office hit film, the Gladers found themselves in the midst of a giant maze with no memory of who they were before. In the second film “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” they had achieved their goal, only to discover that the outside world contained just as many horrors. And now, in “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”, as Thomas (O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers adjust to life in the Scorch, they realise that the key to putting an end to this war they find themselves at the heart of lies in the Last City, a walled-off utopia where WCKD has its base, and where the last survivors of the deadly Flare virus keep safe.

Time has passed since the events of The Scorch Trials, during which Teresa betrayed her friends and Minho (Ki-Hong Lee) was captured by the shadowy organisation WCKD. As the “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” opens, the Gladers are orchestrating an elaborate train heist to try and rescue their friend, finally ready to fight rather than flee.

“It’s the world of WCKD,” Ball says. “The last city left standing. WCKD has built, essentially, the same maze walls around it, surrounding the city to protect this core group of people that are just trying to survive the Flare virus. They’re looking for safety, a cure, whatever.”

“When we pick up with the characters in this, it’s the first time we’re seeing any time pass in these movies,” says Dylan O’Brien. “This is really the first time you’re seeing Thomas experienced and a little more mature. He’s dead set on this goal of redemption, and taking down WCKD once and for all. He’s driven. And they’re all dialled-in.”

It’s about redemption for Teresa too, says Kaya Scodelario, during a pause in shooting. “This is her trying to redeem herself and make sense of her decisions,” she explains. “Not only to Thomas, but to herself.”

“The first movie was about leaving the house for the first time as a kid,” says Ball. “The second is like going off to college. You’re on your own but you don’t know who you are yet. And in the third movie, it’s really about coming to a more mature look at good and evil. I think, in this movie, you’re going to see, ‘Wow, maybe we don’t agree with what Teresa did, but you can see why she did it.’”

Join the Gladers in their last fight as “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” opens January 24, 2018 in Philippines cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

 

WATCH: Final trailer for ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ marks finale

20th Century Fox has just revealed the intense and highly-kinetic trailer of the concluding saga of the YA blockbuster, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” based on the book by James Dashner.

Directed by Wes Ball, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” packs a power cast of actors – Dylan O’ Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen and Patricia Clarkson.

A dystopian sci-fi action thriller, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” finds Thomas and his friends aka Gladers, along with new allies head to a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Risking their lives, they have to get out of the maze alive to get answers to the questions they have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” opens January 24, 2018 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ reveals poster

movie poster of the action-packed YA third of a series “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” has just been dropped hinting catastrophic blow with its caption that reads – Every Maze Has an End.

Directed by Wes Ball, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” stars a powerhouse of energetic young adult cast headed by Dylan O’Brien with Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Will Poulter and Rosa Salazar. Starring with the lead group cast are Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper and Patricia Clarkson.

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is the epic finale of the YA blockbuster franchise where Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

Opening on January 24, 2018 in Philippine cinemas nationwide (also available in IMAX screens), “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is a 20th Century Fox feature film to be distributed by Warner Bros.

 

WATCH: Teaser trailer for ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’

The first teaser trailer has just been released for for the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, entitled Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Watch the video below and catch the exciting movie adaptation of the popular book series on January 24, 2018.

In The Death Cure, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

It’s a heist movie this time,” says director Wes Ball, who has helmed each of the movies in the trilogy. “It picks up six months after the last movie, where we started in the desert, and then we come into the world of WCKD, which is a city: The Last City.”

The series started in the Glade, a lush open space surrounded on all sides by giant walls, and beyond them the maze that kept them prisoner. For the group of young people trapped in the Glade, with no memory of who they once were or why they were there, breaking out was their first priority. “But now, they’re breaking into walls, almost an inverse of the maze, and they have to get answers and outmaneuver every obstacle thrown their way,” Ball says, “We get to see the other side of the universe and come full circle.”

And just as “The Maze Runner” offered lush greens framed by the decaying concrete walls of the maze, and “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” gave us vast, inhospitable desert ruins, so “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is set to its own aesthetic and color palette. “The first film, with the maze, was all cement and overgrowth,” observes Ball. “The second story was the sand and rust of the Scorch and this film is a world of glass and steel. I’d say it has elements of sci-fi and film noir – I loved the idea that each one of these movies has a distinct look and feel, but that they all fold into this same universe.”

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” opens January 24, 2018 in Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

First look photos of ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ previews epic finale

In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

It’s a heist movie this time,” says director Wes Ball, who has helmed each of the movies in the trilogy. “It picks up six months after the last movie, where we started in the desert, and then we come into the world of WCKD, which is a city: The Last City.”

The series started in the Glade, a lush open space surrounded on all sides by giant walls, and beyond them the maze that kept them prisoner. For the group of young people trapped in the Glade, with no memory of who they once were or why they were there, breaking out was their first priority. “But now, they’re breaking into walls, almost an inverse of the maze, and they have to get answers and outmaneuver every obstacle thrown their way,” Ball says, “We get to see the other side of the universe and come full circle.”

And just as “The Maze Runner” offered lush greens framed by the decaying concrete walls of the maze, and “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” gave us vast, inhospitable desert ruins, so “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is set to its own aesthetic and color palette. “The first film, with the maze, was all cement and overgrowth,” observes Ball. “The second story was the sand and rust of the Scorch and this film is a world of glass and steel. I’d say it has elements of sci-fi and film noir – I loved the idea that each one of these movies has a distinct look and feel, but that they all fold into this same universe.”

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” opens January 24, 2018 in Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.