Glass completes M. Night Shyamalan cinema trilogy

Glass stars (l-) James McAvoy, Samuel L Jackson and Bruce Willis.

Glass is a new superhero thriller film written, produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The PG-13 rated film is a sequel to Shyamalan’s previous films Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016), with the three films cumulatively forming the Eastrail 177 Trilogy. Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Spencer Treat Clark, and Charlayne Woodard reprise their Unbreakable roles, while James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy return as their Split characters, with Sarah Paulson, Adam David Thompson, and Luke Kirby joining the cast.

“The worlds of Unbreakable and Split finally collide in Glass,” says Shyamalan. “What if these real life superheroes and super-villains are somehow locked up together? What could go wrong?” He considers it to be the “first truly grounded comic book movie”.

While there was interest in creating a sequel to Unbreakable following its release, Touchstone Pictures opted not to finance one at that time despite the film’s solid box office performance. Shyamalan set out on writing Split using a character he had written for Unbreakable but pulled from the script due to balance issues. Shyamalan realized the opportunity he had to create a trilogy of works, and adapted the ending of Split to establish the film as within the Unbreakable narrative. This included securing the rights to use Willis’ Unbreakable character from Disney, with the promise of including them within the production and distribution of this third film alongside Universal Pictures should it be made. Split was a financial and critical success, and by April 2017, Shyamalan had started the production process for Glass.

In Glass, following the conclusion of Split, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) pursues Kevin Wendell Crumb’s (James McAvoy) superhuman persona of ‘The Beast’ in a series of escalating encounters while the shadowy presence of Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), now going by Mr. Glass, emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

Samuel L. Jackson stars as Elijah Price / ‘Mr. Glass,’ a mass murderer and comic book theorist with Type I osteogenesis imperfecta and superhuman intelligence who was turned in to the authorities after Dunn discovered the extent of his crimes.

Bruce Willis stars as David Dunn / ‘The Overseer,’ a former college football prodigy turned security guard who possesses superhuman strength, stamina, and invulnerability as well as an extrasensory ability to see the crimes people have committed by touching them. In the film, Dunn goes by a new alias named ‘The Overseer.’

James McAvoy stars as Kevin Wendell Crumb / ‘The Horde,’ a former Philadelphia Zoo employee with 23 different personalities whose body chemistry changes with each personality, resulting in a 24th personality known as ‘The Beast.’ Aside from ‘The Beast,’ Kevin’s personalities will consist of ‘Jade’ (a teenage girl), ‘Orwell’ (an introverted man), cuckold ‘Barry’ (the dominant personality), ‘Patricia’ (an orderly polite woman), ‘Hedwig’ (a 9-year-old boy), ‘Mary Reynolds,’ ‘Dennis’ (a perverted personality), ‘Norma,’ ‘B.T,’ ‘Mr. Pritchard,’ ‘Jelin,’ and ‘Samuel.’

From Split, Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Casey Cooke, a young girl who was kidnapped by one of Kevin’s personalities as a potential sacrifice to ‘The Beast’ and survived. From Unbreakable, Spencer Treat Clark stars as Joseph Dunn, David’s son who has believed in his father’s abilities since he was a child and sees him as a real-life superhero. Also from Unbreakable, Charlayne Woodard stars as Mrs. Price, Elijah’s mother who took great care of her son and always told him he was special no matter what others said. Sarah Paulson debuts in the trilogy as Dr. Ellie Staple, a psychiatrist specializing in delusions of grandeur who treats patients convinced they are superhuman beings.