The Maze Runner and Teen Wolf lead Dylan O’Brien will star alongside It Follows actress Maika Monroe in Christopher MacBride’s (The Conspiracy) mystery thriller The Education Of Fredrick Fitzell, I have learned.
Due to shoot later this summer, O’Brien will play a man who begins to unravel a long hidden mystery about a missing girl, a drug called Mercury, and a terrifying creature that has followed him into adulthood.
Protagonist will handle international sales and launch the film to buyers in Cannes, with ICM Partners and Endeavor Content handling North America. The film is written by and will be directed by rising filmmaker MacBride. Lee Kim (Operation Avalanche) will produce for Resolute Films. Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of Addictive Pictures are executive producing.
“The script is unlike anything I’ve read,” says Kim, who re-unites with MacBride, having worked together on The Conspiracy. “Chris has crafted a unique, brilliant story – one that transcends genre and provides a surreal snapshot of a man on the brink of collapse. It’s a testament to his writing, vision and characters that we have such an amazing cast lined up. I’m excited to help bring this to life.”
O’Brien was last seen in the final installment of the Maze Runner trilogy – which to date has grossed just shy of a billion dollars worldwide, and Monroe was most recently seen alongside Timothée Chalamet in Hot Summer Nights, which premiered at SXSW. MacBride wrote and is attached to direct thriller Echo for 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps as well as comic book action film Scout based on the Timothy Truman comic for Studio 8 and producer Braden Aftergood.
O’Brien is repped by WME, Principal LA, and attorney James Feldman. Monroe is repped by WME, Management 360 and attorney Fred Toczek. MacBride is repped by ICM, Industry and attorney Adam Kaller.