James McAvoy’s shirtless Beast tussles with Bruce Willis’ David Dunn in a new video from the set of M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass. The follow up to the smash 2017 horror movie Split, Glass brings back characters from Shyamalan’s 2000 film Unbreakable, including Willis’ Dunn and Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price (recently glimpsed on-set in his familiar costume).
Starring McAvoy as a man with 23 personalities, one of which attains super-human powers and goes by the sinister moniker The Beast, Split came out of nowhere in early 2017 and with little competition went on to gross $138 million domestically (touching off what has been a very good year for horror movies). The movie ended with a truly Shyamalan-esque zinger of a scene: Bruce Willis’ David Dunn sitting there sipping coffee, confirming that at the very least Split and Unbreakable existed in the same universe. When Split turned out to be a huge hit, Shyamalan quickly went to work writing a sequel weaving together the worlds of Unbreakable and Split.
In a new video captured on the set of Glass, we see what appears to be a rather unpleasant meeting between David Dunn and Kevin Wendell Crumb aka The Beast. In the video posted to The Daily Mail, a raincoat-wearing Willis (the costume is instantly recognizable even if we can’t see Willis’ face) tussles with a shirtless James McAvoy alongside a blue van parked outside the closed-down mental institution in Allentown, PA where the film has been shooting. The fight gets pretty intense before another character comes running into the scene and smashes into the side of the van. The action then stops, and Willis opens the van door which has the words “Raven Hill Memorial” scrawled on it. Set photos from the same location (via Just Jared) also show Split star Anya Taylor-Joy, more of shirtless James McAvoy and a very bundled-up M. Night Shyamalan.
The new photos and video don’t give away a ton about the plot of Glass, but we do now know that someone who either is David Dunn or dresses a heck of a lot like David Dunn at one point gets into a very intense fight with The Beast. With Dunn being indestructible and The Beast being very similarly suited, including some more animalistic superpowers, things are bound to get crazy when the two of them throw down. It’s a very comic book move by Shyamalan to have Willis, Jackson and McAvoy all sporting the same looks they did in the previous films, underscoring the notion that Unbreakable, Split and Glass are all basically dark, semi-realistic takes on the superhero genre.
One slightly amusing Easter egg also appears to be hidden in the Glass set video: the “Raven Hill Memorial” van is a call-back to the infamous Sci-Fi Channel pseudo-documentary The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan, where it was claimed that Shyamalan received early schooling at a non-existent institution called Ravenhill Academy for Gifted Children. Many people believe the ill-conceived, bizarre Buried Secret project, which came out in conjunction with The Village, marked the moment Shyamalan’s ego got the better of him, sending his career into a long, slow spiral after the early heights of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. For Shyamalan to shout out a moment that in many people’s minds embodies everything that’s bad about him suggests that, just perhaps, Shyamalan does have a sense of humor about himself after all.
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