If you’d told us five years ago that M. Night Shyamalan would be directing one of our most anticipated movies of the decade, we likely wouldn’t have believed you. But here we are, three months away from the release of Glass, anxiously awaiting every millisecond of footage.
In Glass, the upcoming third film of Shyamalan’s Unbreakable universe, the writer/director drops us back into a world where real heroes and villains are walking among us. Glass will combine the stories of Unbreakable and Split, putting the former film’s antagonist, Elijah Price/Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), in a position of utmost importance when hero David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and new villain Kevin Wendell Crumb (Who has 24 personalities, including a monstrous being known as “The Beast“, all played by James McAvoy) are placed alongside him in a facility where their hero and villain complexes will be analyzed. With the threat of Crumb/The Beast breaking free under the persuasion of comic book mastermind Mr. Glass, it’s up to David Dunn (and perhaps other heroes) to rise and save humanity from a villainous takeover.
Joining Willis, Jackson, and McAvoy are Spencer Treat Clark, who will return as David Dunn’s son, and Anya Taylor-Joy rounds out the familiar cast as Casey Cooke, the only surviving victim of Split. American Horror Story alum Sarah Paulson also joins the cast as the psychiatrist in charge of the core trio.
Shyamalon, director of horror hits such as The Sixth Sense (1999) and Signs (2002), as well as the grounded superhero drama Unbreakable (2000), fell from grace in the mid-2000’s when he released several poorly received films in consecutive order. Perhaps the greatest twist of Shyamalan’s career, however, was that he’d once again reign supreme.
The tide turned in the filmmaker’s favor with the release of 2015’s The Visit, which, on a limited budget, managed to deliver effective thrills and cause a whole new generation of kids to fear their grandparents. The wild success of Shyamalan’s next project, 2017’s Split, proved that the director was back in a big way, with that film’s surprise Unbreakable crossover leaving audiences everywhere craving more.
Glass hits theaters on January 18th, 2019.