* Teen Wolf star Dylan O'Brien is making the jump from the MTV series into his first lead role in a major blockbuster feature. He'll take the lead role in The Maze Runner, Wes Ball's adaptation of James Dashner's YA novel. Joining the recently-announced Kaya Scodelario, O'Brien will play Thomas, a young amnesiac man who wakes up in a community of young boys trapped inside a giant maze. The Maze Runner is set to open on Valentine's Day 2014.
* Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk has been tapped to direct Passengers, the long-developing science fiction film written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and starring Keanu Reeves. The high-concept premise has Reeves as a passenger aboard a spaceship making a centuries-long journey to a distant planet. When a malfunction wakes him up 90 years before everybody else, he's faced with the prospect of dying alone, so he wakes up a beautiful passenger to be his companion. Kirk has a number of projects cooking, including a remake of Robert Ludlum's The Osterman Weekend, so who knows when filming on this will begin. [Deadline]
* After struggling for awhile to capitalize on her True Grit success, Hailee Steinfeld is now adding projects to her slate left and right. The latest is the indie comedy Barely Lethal, the next film from Fanboys director Kyle Newman. She'll play a 16-year old girl who seeks out a normal life after training to be an assassin at her boarding school. Steinfeld will be seen later this year in Ender's Game, and John Carney's musical Can A Song Save Your Life?