The first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass has arrived, and it does not disappoint.
Early last year when M. Night Shyamalan unleashed his new low-budget thriller Split, little did we know that the king of the twist ending pulled off his most audacious act to date. Split was a secret sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable thanks to a surprise cameo from Bruce Willis as David Dunn in the final scene.
Unbreakable was the grounded origin story of a superhero; Spilt takes a similar route only from the perspective of the villain with James McAvoy’s stunning performance taking centre stage. After a swift development process, the follow-up unveiled its first promo at Comic-Con, and I have goosebumps. The still untitled Avengers 4 isn’t the only must see superhero team-up years in the making worth seeing in 2019.
I have always been of the less popular opinion that Unbreakable is a better movie than The Sixth Sense. Released the same year as X-Men, M. Night Shyamalan’s unashamedly serious examination of the superhero narrative remains his finest work to date. The end credits freeze frame with on-screen text telling us what happened is frustrating, but it’s the only bum note in an otherwise phenomenal piece of filmmaking. I’ll save my love letter to Unbreakable for another time, but for now, enjoy the trailer for Glass.
Starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Sarah Paulson. Glass arrives in cinemas on January 18.
M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016’s Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass. From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.