‘Maze Runner’ actor injured on Vancouver set


VANCOUVER – Actor Dylan O’Brien has been injured on the set of “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” during production in Vancouver.

20th Century Fox said in a statement Friday that O’Brien was immediately transferred to a local hospital after being hurt Thursday.

“Production on the film will be shut down while he recovers. Our thoughts go out to Dylan for a full and speedy recovery,” the statement said.

WorkSafe B.C. spokeswoman Trish Knight Chernecki said the agency, which investigates workplace accidents, had been alerted about an incident.

“We have dispatched an officer to the Vancouver office to determine and verify that this has occurred,” she said, adding she expected to release more information later Friday.

The film’s production address is listed on Creative B.C.’s website as a Vancouver Film Studios facility in east Vancouver. A woman who answered the phone at the studio said she had no information to give out before hanging up.

Media outlets in B.C.’s Interior reported the film was also being shot around Cache Creek, Ashcroft and Kamloops this week.

James Dashner, the author of the “Maze Runner” book trilogy, posted on Twitter Friday that O’Brien had been hurt but he was going to be OK and his injuries were “not life-threatening in any way.”

“Production is postponed but certainly not cancelled. All that matters now is that Dylan recovers,” he wrote. “We love you, Dylan!!!”

The 24-year-old is the star of the dystopian science-fiction series, and “The Death Cure” is the third in the franchise. He is also known for his co-starring role in the MTV series “Teen Wolf.”

Representatives for O’Brien didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.

Vancouver Police spokesman Sgt. Randy Fincham said WorkSafe B.C. was responsible for the investigation as it apparently happened at a work site.

Vancouver Coastal Health, the authority that operates Vancouver General Hospital, said it had no information and B.C. Ambulance Service said it was not the agency that transported O’Brien to hospital.

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is scheduled to be released in theatres on Feb. 17, 2017.

— With files from The Associated Press