Brodie-Sangster stars as Newt in The Maze Runner. The film, based on the young adult novel, tells the story of teenage boys trapped in a maze. Co-starring Dylan O’Brien, Will Pouter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen and Ki Hong Lee.
My agent said there’s this project come up, it sounds like an interesting script; they want your tape as soon as you can. They wanted me to audition for one nice guy called Newt, who had an English accent, and one nasty guy called Gally, with an American accent. And Will [Poulter], who got Gally, he did the same. They put those two characters together. In some ways they are kind of similar—they’re the two different sides to [the protagonist] Thomas’ mind. I don’t really think of Gally as a proper baddie, he’s just stuck in his ways and goes about things in maybe not quite such a rational manner. I didn’t hear back for about three months and I just assumed I hadn’t got it. I auditioned for lots of other stuff. Then suddenly they were like, “Oh, yeah. You got it.” Didn’t recall or anything. I had to remind myself of what it actually was, because I’d forgotten about it and let it go. I did all the research again and went out and started shooting.