‘The Maze Runner’ trailer: Dylan O’Brien arrives in the Glade

March 17, 2014 | 10:14 p.m.

The first trailer for September’s “The Maze Runner” has arrived online, bringing imagery from James Dashner’s novel to vivid life.

Directed by newcomer Wes Ball, “The Maze Runner” is the latest dystopian adventure to be adapted from a bestselling young adult novel. But this time, instead of a resourceful heroine, the story centers on Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, a teen who finds himself deposited into a community of boys trapped near a massive, and lethal, maze.

“No one has ever survived a night in the maze,” Thomas is told in the new trailer.

Although Thomas has no memory of who he was before he came to the Glade, he soon begins to form alliances and make friends. But his arrival heralds unanticipated changes — before long, a girl, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), unexpectedly turns up, and the rules that have governed the maze no longer appear to apply.

Set for release Sept. 19, “The Maze Runner” also stars Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee and Blake Cooper, among others.

Of course, for fans who can’t wait months for futuristic sci-fi adventure, there’s “Divergent,” opening in theaters Friday. Adapted from Veronica Roth’s bestseller, the film stars Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, a brave young woman in conflict with a rigid, authoritarian society.

What do you think of “The Maze Runner” trailer? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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