EXCLUSIVE: The Conjuring‘s Lili Taylor has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox’s The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to Fox’s hit September opener The Maze Runner. The dystopian adventure adapted from James Dashner’s YA series has notched over $305 million worldwide, and the studio is wasting no time expanding the franchise; they’ve already slated Scorch Trials for a September 18, 2015 debut.
Director Wes Ball is returning to helm the sequel from a script by T.S. Nowlin, one of three writers on the first film. Taylor will play Mary Cooper, a doctor helping Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers. Also returning alongside O’Brien are Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Patricia Clarkson.
Through her career Taylor has turned in memorable performances in Mystic Pizza, Short Cuts, I Shot Andy Warhol…, and HBO’s Six Feet Under. She most recently appeared on the big screen in WB’s 2013 horror hit The Conjuring and starred earlier this year in the off-Broadway drama The Library, written by Scott Z. Burns and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Recent TV turns include Fox’s Gotham, Netflix’s Hemlock Grove, and Fox’s Almost Human. She’s repped by APA and Circle of Confusion.