The first look images from M. Night Shyamalan's Glass suggest the film is more of a psychological thriller than either the director's first entry in his "superhero movie" trilogy, Unbreakable, or its stealthy sequel, Split. These photos further confirm that Glass starts off with Unbreakable's David Dunn (Bruce Willis), Elijah Price aka. Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), and Split's Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) having all been committed for believing they are comic book characters come to life. Suffice it to say, however, they will only stay locked up for so long during the film, judging by the descriptions of the Glass teaser shown at CinemaCon back in April.
Also back for Glass is Anya-Taylor Joy as Casey Cooke, the young woman who was kidnapped by Crumb's more dangerous personalities in Split and managed to survive her encounter with his deadliest personality yet: The Beast. Meanwhile, Sarah Paulson joins the Unbreakable/Split franchise in these photos as the doctor who is treating David, Elijah, and Kevin, unaware of just how real their respective super-abilities truly are.
Shyamalan explained his logic for having Glass' main players locked up to EW, saying that believing oneself to be a comic book character is "the modern-day equivalent of ‘I think I’m Jesus’ or ‘I’m an emperor.’ ” In a separate quote, McAvoy revealed the film will also "spend some time with some new people that live inside Kevin", in addition to the personalities that were introduced in Split. Those Glass photos (check them out below) further show Casey appearing quite calm during a visit with Kevin, considering the last time they met he (or, rather, The Beast) literally tried to eat her. And of course, SLJ is still rocking a purple suit as Elijah.
These Glass photos make some intriguing use of color to distinguish between the film's hero (David), antagonist (Mr. Glass), and the character who exists somewhere between those two extremes (Kevin/The Beast). Like in the Glass teaser poster, the characters' "prison" uniforms are reflective of their comic book-inspired costumes from Unbreakable and Split and indicate that Shymalan is doubling-down on the "superhero" aspect of the franchise here. It's only fitting that he do that, seeing as a lot has changed in the world of comic books and superhero entertainment since Unbreakable first arrived on the scene eighteen years ago.
With Glass' trailer all but confirmed to premiere during its Hall H panel with David Gordon Green's Halloween at San Diego Comic-Con next week, it won't be long before everyone gets an even better look at what Shyamalan has cooked up this time. The filmmaker is on an unexpected winning streak right now thanks to Split and his faux-documentary thriller The Visit, so here's to hoping he goes three-for-three with the conclusion to his superhero trilogy.
- Glass (2019) release date: Jan 18, 2019