Maze Runner Star Dylan O’Brien Resurfaces After Months of Recovering from Film Injuries

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Nearly five months after an on-set injury forced the production of Maze Runner: The Death Cure to come to a halt, actor Dylan O’Brien has made a public appearance — in a California Jamba Juice location.

Jamba Juice employee Vanessa Denegri tweeted a photo of herself with the 24-year-old actor over the weekend, complete with a new and very scruffy beard.

“MY LIFE HAS BEEN MADE, meeting you was the best thing ever,” Denegri wrote, also telling a commenter that “He was so sweet! He was laughing.”

O’Brien fell out of the public eye after an incident in March left him with a concussion, facial fracture, and lacerations on the set of Maze Runner. Around 35% of on-the-job injuries and 14% of work-related deaths every year are due to machine accidents, and O’Brien’s was no different. According to Hollywood Reporter, he was “in a harness on top of a moving vehicle when he was pulled off the vehicle unexpectedly and hit by another vehicle” during the filming of an action sequence for the film.

Production of the movie was originally postponed for two months, but then extended indefinitely in order to give O’Brien more time to recover from his injuries. Director Wes Ball initially took to Twitter to apologize “for the grief this accident has caused his friends and family as well as my wonderful cast and crew.”

O’Brien’s face won’t be missing for much longer, though. The actor will also reprise his role as Stiles Stilinski in the upcoming sixth season of Teen Wolf, which airs this fall.

His role, according to showrunner Jeff Davis, will be just as crucial as ever. “Stiles is a big part of the season because a lot of this season’s mystery revolves around him,” Davis revealed to Entertainment Weekly. “We’re going to see just what Stiles’ friendship means to Scott, Lydia, and Malia. We’re going to see why exactly he’s Scott’s best friend, what it means that he’s Malia’s human anchor, and what his will-they-or-won’t-they relationship is with Lydia.”

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