We’re still more than a year away from the release of M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, the sequel to both Unbreakable and this year’s hit thriller Split, but the first plot synopsis has just been revealed. Here’s what we’ve learned:
What’s the story?
Bringing together Bruce Willis’s super-heroic character David Dunn and Samuel L. Jackson’s mastermind villain Elijah “Mr. Glass” Price from Unbreakable and James McAvoy’s multiple-personality-afflicted killer Keven Wendell Crumb from Split, Shyamalan’s fantasy thriller will involve a “kind of epic” clash between the good and evil characters. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
What happened at the conclusion of Split again?
Crumb, who killed all but one of his abductees, plus his psychiatrist, fled his Philadelphia Zoo hideout, sparing the life of Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy). Meanwhile, in a nearby diner, Dunn heard about Crumb’s murders and realized he has a new adversary, perhaps his first in more than a decade. Watch a clip from the end of the movie:
If Dunn is going after Crumb (aka The Beast, aka The Horde) then what is Glass’s involvement?
As the synopsis says, Mr. Glass is an “orchestrator,” but we don’t know what that means, exactly. Somehow he’ll be manipulating Dunn and Crumb in their “escalating encounters” similar to how he caused disasters that revealed the existence of Dunn to him back in Unbreakable. “It almost sounds like comic book fan Elijah Price wants to see a superhero and super villain duke it out,” suggests /Film’s Jack Giroux. It doesn’t “almost” sound like that. It definitely sounds like that.
Are any other actors/charcters from the two movies making an appearance?
Taylor-Joy’s Casey will be back, though it’s unclear in what capacity. And we’re not sure about Dunn’s family (Robin Wright as his wife and Spencer Treat Clark as his son). But there is a new addition to the franchise, as Sarah Paulson was cast last month.
Will Glass be another small-scale superhero drama/thriller in the tradition of its predecessors?
According to producer Jason Blum in an interview with Collider back in May: “The budget is more traditional, still by Hollywood standards a very low budget, but it is not $5 million.” So we will probably get more action and possibly some bigger special effects set pieces than we saw in either Unbreakable or Split.
How else will the next movie be different?
We don’t know exactly how, but in February, Shyamalan said that he wants Glass to be able to stand on its own, like Split does, separate from Unbreakable. “In a way, it could be watched by itself,” the director offered.
When does Glass open in theaters?
January 19, 2019.