The next film from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Lady in the Water) is on the way.
Split tells of three teenage girls that are abducted by a man, one that happens to have at least 23 different personalities.
James McAvoy takes on the challenging role, which could prove to be quite the memorable character/s if Shyamalan’s latest film nails it. The first trailer nicely shows off what we’re in for, giving us a look at McAvoy’s performance and the small, contained setting that brings to mind the recent 10 Cloverfield Lane. And it’s good to see The Witch‘s Anya Taylor-Joy locking in more roles; she also stars in the upcoming Morgan.
Shyamalan’s had quite the career, from strong outings such as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, to downright stinkers like The Last Airbender and The Happening. He’s been on an upswing of sorts lately, producing the well received series Wayward Pines and writing-directing last year’s small horror pic The Visit. Here’s hoping Shyamalan delivers a creepy, unsettling pic that harks back to his old days.
Split opens in Australia on January 19 and hits the U.S. on January 20.
Here’s the official rundown for Split:
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.