Actor Dylan O’Brien made headlines last month after being severely injured on the set of an upcoming movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Luckily, O’Brien’s co-star, Giancarlo Espinosa, told E! News recently that the 24-year-old star is healing substantially and is expected to return to filming the movie within six weeks.
Initially, it was reported that O’Brien was struck by a car while filming, although updated reports say that he fell off the back of a set after the collision. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital and was treated for a fracture in his cheekbone and/or orbital socket.
According to the New York Daily News, an injury report on the website WorkSafeBC detailed the incident, explaining that “an undisclosed worker on set was hit by a motorcycle while filming and was left with a ‘concussion, (a) facial fracture and lacerations.'”
Production of the film (which was being shot in Vancouver, BC, Canada) was immediately suspended. Shortly after, 20th Century Fox released a statement on the incident, explaining that filming would be put on hold “while he recovers.”
O’Brien’s co-star, Esposito, recently stated that the actor has been healing as expected and that filming is expected to begin again on May 15.
Even though O’Brien is expected to make a full recovery, these types of workplace injuries can be very complicated. Around three million non-fatal work-related injuries occurred in 2014 while individuals were working, and actors often face the risk of being severely injured while filming.