While fans will be getting one long-anticipated sequel this weekend from Incredibles 2, Samuel L. Jackson has now praised another sequel he is working on. Glass, the third film in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable series is currently in post-production and Jackson recently stated how thrilled he is by James McAvoy’s work.
McAvoy was the star of the 2017 horror/thriller Split, which turned out to be a secret sequel to the 2000's Unbreakable. The first film starred Bruce Willis and Jackson as the characters David Dunn and Elijah Price, respectively. While Price has incredibly weak bones, Dunn has almost superpowers in the sense that he is very strong and has supernatural abilities. Split, on the other hand, starred McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a character who suffers from an extreme case of Dissociative Identity Disorder (he has 23 distinct personalities) and kidnapped three young girls. Split was very well received and won the top spot at the box office for three weeks in a row. The film did well on its own, but fans were thrilled when they saw Bruce Willis in the final scene of the movie, confirming that it was indeed a sequel to Unbreakable.
In a recent interview with Collider, Jackson hyped up M. Night Shyamalan’s third Unbreakable film, especially James McAvoy’s performance. Without giving too much away on a film that has otherwise been closely under wraps, Jackson revealed his feelings about McAvoy stating, “Watching somebody, you know, transform characters in front of your eyes and have an argument with four different people is pretty, pretty amazing." Twelve minutes of footage was shown to Shymalan’s distributors who gave the film a “gracious” reaction. Glass is already highly anticipated among fans and Jackson’s praise for McAvoy only fuels the fire.
Jackson and Willis have both already been cast in Glass, but stars from Split will also be making a comeback. McAvoy is obviously making a comeback but Anya Taylor-Joy will also be making a return. She played Casey Cooke, who is the only surviving victim of Kevin’s insanity. Taylor-Joy is returning for the sequel and has already expressed how great Shyamalan's Glass script is.
Shyamalan was once considered to be a great mystery filmmaker but films like The Last Airbender and After Earth tarnished his reputation especially since he didn’t have any directing work in between the two. Split was considered his comeback by many so Glass could turn into one of the most anticipated films of 2019 fairly easily. Glass pitting David Dunn against Kevin Wendell Crumb is not only intriguing, but it pulls in two generations of fans; one wanting to see Bruce Willis’ return, and the others anticipating McAvoy’s performance. Glass is currently making its way through post-production, well ahead of its release date.
- Glass (2019) release date: Jan 18, 2019