British actor Aml Ameen has landed a role in , Fox’s adaptation of the sci-fi YA novel by James Dashner. Wes Ball is directing the project, with Temple Hill Entertainment and the Gotham Group producing.
The story is set in a postapocalyptic era in which a boy who remembers only his first name wakes up in a community packed with boys called the Glade, which is surrounded by a huge maze. The boys must unlock the secrets of the maze in order to gain their freedom.
Will Poulter, who starred in , already has been cast as Thomas, the new boy, while actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster is in negotiations for a role as well.
Ameen will play Alby, the honorable but stern leader of the Gladers.
The movie, budgeted in the $25 million to $30 million range, will shoot in the spring in Louisiana.
Ameen was a lead in the British cult classic film and the popular British TV series . He next appears as the younger version of Forest Whitaker‘s character in Lee Daniels‘ .
Ameen is repped by Paradigm, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management and attorney Dave Feldman.