Jessica Chastain Says ‘IT: Chapter Two’ Has Bloodiest Scene in Horror Film History (Video)

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Jessica Chastain revealed quite the spoiler during her appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” about her upcoming film, “IT: Chapter Two” — that it has a scene that might have the most blood in the history of horror films.

“OK, I’m going to say something, and I think I’m going to be in trouble, but I’m going to do it,” Chastain said on Wednesday’s late-night show. “It might be a spoiler. But in the movie, there’s a scene that someone said on set that it’s the most blood that’s ever been in a horror film in a scene. And I’ll tell you, the next day I was like pulling blood out of my eyeballs. Fake blood.”

Really? Bloodier than “Suspiria,” “Carrie” or “The Shining?”

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“IT: Chapter Two” takes place 27 years after the events of last year’s monster hit, as the members of the “Losers Club” have all grown up and moved out of Derry… until a devastating phone call brings them back.

Bill Skarsgard will return as Pennywise the Clown. Other cast members include Bill Hader (Richie Tozier), James McAvoy (Bill Denbrough), Jay Ryan (Ben Hanscom), James Ransone (Eddie Kaspbrak), Isaiah Mustafa (Mike Hanlon) and Andy Bean (Stanley Uris).

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“IT” grossed $327.5 million in the U.S. and Canada in 2017, and $700.4 million worldwide, on a $35 million production budget. The film had the No. 1 opening weekend for a fall release, and was 2017’s No. 7 highest-grossing movie.

“IT: Chapter Two” will hit theaters on Sept. 6.

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‘Dark Phoenix’: Jean Grey Cries in the Rain (and Destroys Lots of Property) in New Trailer (Video)

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Just in time for your rainy day needs, it’s a brand new trailer for “Dark Phoenix,” and it’s full of cosmic, destroyer-of-worlds action — and crying in the rain. Watch it above.

Pretty intense! And uh, sure looks like the trailer wants you to think that Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) is gonna murder Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). Watch out, J-Law! There are also some pretty cool shots in this one — especially of Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Storm’s (Alexandra Shipp) lightning.

For those who don’t know, the film is based on the highly celebrated and influential “X-Men” storyline of the same name by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, as detailed in “Uncanny X-Men” #101-108 (1976-1977) and “Uncanny X-Men” #129-138 (1980). In that story, Jean Grey merges with a cosmic entity that embodies the universal energy of creation and destruction, giving her vastly enhanced psychic abilities that transform her into “Dark Phoenix,” a genocidal force of unimaginable power.

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It gets worse from there, involving (spoiler) intervention by an alliance of interstellar empires, and the tragic death of Jean. But don’t worry — comics hardcores know Jean is later revealed to be innocent, and still alive. (It’s weird — look, comics are weird, guys).

The film was written and directed by Simon Kinberg, and also stars Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Munn, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Evan Peters.

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It hits theaters June 7. Meantime, check out the colorful poster below:

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M Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Crosses $100 Million at Domestic Box Office

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M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office on Friday.

Domestically, the film starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy has earned $105.5 million. Globally, it has made $223.6 million.

Shyamalan wrote and directed the film that is a follow-up to his films “Unbreakable” and “Split.” Sarah Paulson also stars.

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With “Glass,” Shyamalan closes a story loop that he started 19 years ago with the critically acclaimed “Unbreakable.” This new sequel finds that movie’s protagonist, David Dunn (Willis), taking up a side gig as a vigilante superhero with the help of his son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark, TNT’s “Animal Kingdom”). Still using the ominous-looking green security guard poncho from his old job, Dunn decides the next villain to track down is the very troubled Kevin Wendell Crumb (McAvoy), whose 24 personalities include a super-powered monster known as The Beast.

Jason Blum, Ashwin Rajan, Marc Bienstock and Shyamalan produced. Kevin Scott Frakes, Steven Schneider, Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber executive produced.

The film received a score of 37 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a CinemaScore of B.

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‘SNL’: James McAvoy Riffs On ‘The Bachelor’ And ‘Chronicles Of Narnia’

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James McAvoy Opens Up About Health Scare That ‘Nearly Killed’ Him

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James McAvoy reveals in a new interview that a routine check-up last year turned into a three-week hospital stay that “nearly killed” him.

In McAvoy’s recent interview with Men’s Journal, the writer says the “Glass” actor went to the doctor for a physical last April ahead of his 40th birthday, and an X-ray showed a shadow on his lung. The article goes on to say that a biopsy was taken and although there was no tissue found, the scar from the surgery became seriously infected, forcing McAvoy to remain in a hospital bed for three weeks.

“It nearly killed me,” he said in the interview. “It was very scary. A terrifying f—ing thing to go through.”

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The writer describes McAvoy humbly downplaying the moment for laughs, yet admitting that he was shaken by the resulting complications. According to the story, McAvoy went on to say that one of his abdominal muscles appeared to have gone missing after the surgery and mimicked the doctor’s response as saying, “Hmm, are you sure it was there before the surgery?”

McAvoy added that the experience in part caused him to reconsider some of the roles he’ll take moving forward, opting for more British films and directing himself rather than five-month long film shoots away from his young son.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not slagging off my industry,” McAvoy says in the article. “I love my job. Love it…. But there’s got to be more balance.”

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“As somebody who’s always thought I’d be happy making it to 70 years of age and then die, I think: I’ve got 31 years left,” McAvoy said. “It’s important to do what I want to do, instead of what I should do.”

McAvoy didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Read the full article via the February issue of Men’s Journal.

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‘Glass’ Breaks Into Thursday Box Office by Grossing $3.7 Million

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M. Night Shymalan’s “Glass,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy and Bruce Willis, earned $3.7 million in Thursday night previews on 3,200 screens. It will open on 3,841 North American locations over the four-day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.

The follow-up to Shymalan’s “Split” is being released by Universal and is projected to make as much as $64 million over the four-day weekend, with the studio projecting a more conservative $50 million.

That would still put it ahead of the opening for “Split,” which surprised audiences during the same weekend in 2017. That film earned $2 million from its Thursday previews and opened to $40 million before grossing $278 million worldwide, all on a $9 million budget.

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And while “Glass” has a heftier price tag than “Split,” roughly $20 million, the main difference between the two films is that “Glass” has significantly worse reviews, just a 36 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing compared to “Split’s” 76 percent. As the first major franchise release of the year and with little other competition, “Glass” is hoping to hold strong at the box office through February but may have trouble if it can’t generate the strong word of mouth that “Split” managed.

“Glass” is a sequel to both “Split” and Shymalan’s “Unbreakable” from 2000, with Willis and Jackson reprising their characters from “Unbreakable” and McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy returning from “Split.” Following the conclusion of “Split,” “Glass” finds David Dunn (Willis) pursuing Kevin Wendell Crumb’s (McAvoy) superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Elijah Price (Jackson) emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. Sarah Paulson also joins the cast.

A Blinding Edge Pictures and Blumhouse production, “Glass” is released domestically by Universal Pictures in North America and by Disney’s Buena Vista International abroad.

“Glass” hopes to win out this weekend over the surprise success of “The Upside,” starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston.

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Does M Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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With “Split” back in 2017, M. Night Shyamalan ventured into new territory as a director — he had stealthily made a sequel to his 2000 film “Unbreakable,” which these days is generally regarded as his best movie. Though “Split” was more of a sidequel than true sequel, akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the big reveal coming during the end credits. And now we have “Glass,” a sequel to both “Unbreakable” and “Split” that brings together the considerable talents of James McAvoy, Samual L. Jackson and Bruce Willis.

Shyamalan’s shared universe has finally come together a la the “Avengers” films, and we can’t help but wonder what’s next, if anything, for this surprising little franchise. After all, the pop culture landscape is littered with these types of series at this point — and franchises never truly die. “Avengers: Endgame” might be about to end the story of the first eleven years of the MCU, but we already know the MCU will continue on afterwards. That’s just how these things go.

So you might be wondering, then, if “Glass” follows in the footsteps of “Split” and all those Marvel movies by including some kind of tease for a follow-up movie during or after the end credits. Because surely this series can’t end here, right?

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So, does “Glass” have a post-credits scene?

The answer, for better or worse, is no. Once the credits roll at the end of “Glass,” the movie is fully over. Shyamalan is telling press that he has no plans for another one of these movies — with the caveat that he could change his mind any any time. And the movie reflects that idea by not teasing more movies with a post-credits scene, but still leaving the door open for a continuation.

That said, it’s always good to stick around through the credits in appreciation for the many, many people who helped bring whatever you just watched to life. But if you need to get out of the theater quickly for whatever reason after watching “Glass,” you can do so knowing you aren’t missing any extra content after the credits.

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Will ‘Glass’ Be Cracked at Box Office by Bad Reviews?

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Two years ago, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” became one of the surprise box office hits of 2017. Critics and audiences hailed the film as a long overdue return to form for the “Sixth Sense” director, and the surprise twist ending that revealed the film as a secret sequel to his 2000 film “Unbreakable” created a wave of anticipation for “Glass,” the trilogy-completing film that hits theaters this Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

But as Universal prepares to release the film on 3,700 screens, “Glass” is being hammered by critics as a big letdown, currently holding a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 38 percent compared to 76 percent for “Split.” What’s more, some critics are predicting that fans of “Split” are going to be very disappointed, leading to bad word of mouth.

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“In a way, ‘Glass’ feels like a giant middle finger to the very people who would be excited to see ‘Glass,’” wrote UPROXX’s Mike Ryan in his review. “Honestly, I have no doubt the CinemaScore grade will be shockingly low.”

Certainly there have been plenty of poorly reviewed films like “Venom” that are nonetheless embraced by audiences. But weak word of mouth could hamper the ability of “Glass” to leg out into February, something that made “Split” such a big success. Against a $9 million budget, it opened to $40 million and grossed $138 million domestic and $278 million worldwide.

“I talked to a lot of theater owners who thought this movie is going to be a monster and produce one of the biggest January openings ever,” said comScore analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “But as we get closer to the release date, people are tempering their expectations a little bit. We won’t really know what the audience temperature for this film is like until we see that second weekend drop.”

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The good news for “Glass” is that, like “Split,” it could very well start turning a profit after opening weekend thanks to its low costs. Against a production budget of $20 million, Universal is projecting a four-day opening weekend of at least $50 million, higher than that of “Split.” Independent trackers are even more positive, with estimates as high as $64 million.

There’s also the possibility that “Glass” legs out due to the sheer lack of competition over the next three weeks. None of the wide releases coming the next two weekends — “Serenity,” “The Kid Who Would Be King” or “Miss Bala” — are projected to open to more than $15 million. The next major wide release on the calendar is “The Lego Movie 2,” which doesn’t come out until February 8.

“‘Glass’ might do as well as ‘Split’ simply because it’s the biggest, newest thing in theaters, and there’s nothing else coming up with a cast as strong as James McAvoy and Samuel L. Jackson,” said Exhibitor Relations analyst Jeff Bock. “It’s probably going to take some really toxic word of mouth to get a steep drop-off.”

“Glass” sees the return of “Unbreakable” hero David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and villain Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), along with “Split” foe Kevin Crumb (James McAvoy). After David’s attempts to hunt Kevin down wind up getting them both sent to the same mental institution as Elijah, the superpowered trio is studied by a skeptical psychiatrist (Sarah Paulson), who is unaware that, by bringing them together, she has created a dangerous alliance between Elijah and the evil personalities inside Kevin known as “The Horde.”

“Split” star Anya Taylor-Joy also returns for the film, which is written and directed by Shyamalan. Universal is handling domestic distribution while Disney is handling overseas distribution through Buena Vista International.

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‘Glass’ Star James McAvoy to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

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James McAvoy has been lined up as host of the next “Saturday Night Live.”

The “Glass” star will make his “SNL” hosting debut with the Jan. 26 episode of the NBC live sketch show. He will be joined by rapper Meek Mill as musical guest.

McAvoy’s episode will be the show’s second following its winter hiatus, with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan set to host this Saturday’s episode alongside musical guest Greta Van Fleet.

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James McAvoy and @MeekMill are coming to #SNL! pic.twitter.com/3QggOqHkop

— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) January 14, 2019

The 44th season of “SNL” has already made multiple political waves. The premiere episode featured a special guest appearance by Matt Damon, playing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and musical guest Kanye West wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat on stage and giving a pro-Donald Trump speech that didn’t air.

In its final episode before Christmas, “SNL” brought back Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump for a cold open sketch parodying “It’s a Wonderful Life,” dubbed “It’s a Wonderful Trump.” In this version of the story, Baldwin’s Trump feels despondent about the way his presidency is going and wishes that he had never become president. He’s led on this journey by Clarence, played by “SNL” regular Kenan Thompson.

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‘Glass’ Film Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s Super-Trio Makes a Disappointing Team Up

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M. Night Shyamalan’s films tend to exist on the extremes; for many viewers, they are either very good or very bad, with almost no middle ground. After his breakout success with “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable,” Shyamalan disappointed moviegoers with dud after dud, including “The Happening” and “The Last Airbender.” In the past few years, Shyamalan has made an extraordinary comeback with the one-two punch of “The Visit” and “Split.”

With “Glass,” Shyamalan closes a story loop that he started 19 years ago with the critically acclaimed “Unbreakable.” This new sequel finds that movie’s protagonist, David Dunn (Bruce Willis), taking up a side gig as a vigilante superhero with the help of his son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark, TNT’s “Animal Kingdom”). Still using the ominous-looking green security guard poncho from his old job, Dunn decides the next villain to track down is the very troubled Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), whose 24 personalities include a superpowered monster known as The Beast.

But in the middle of rescuing The Beast’s next potential victims, both superhumans are captured by a SWAT team and placed under the care of a poisonously calm therapist played by Sarah Paulson, who wants to cure them of their delusions of superhero grandeur. But David and Kevin are not her only patients — the two are shortly joined by another familiar face from “Unbreakable,” David’s archnemesis Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), or as he calls himself, Mr. Glass.

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When they first met in 2000, Elijah shared with David his theory that because someone like him is so weak — his bones are so brittle, they shatter “like glass” — that must mean someone else in the world must be so strong as to be his equal, like a riff on Newton’s Third Law of Physics. Both “Unbreakable” and “Split” are idiosyncratic works about our fascination with superheroes and their mythologies, yet “Glass” never feels like it becomes its own movie. It’s so heavily indebted to its predecessors that much of the emotional impact will be lost on anyone who hasn’t watched the other films.

There’s also a troubling development with Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy), the sole survivor of The Beast’s attack in “Split.” In that movie, she’s a conflicted character struggling with her own problems before she’s kidnapped with her friends by one of Kevin’s personalities. In “Glass,” her situation feels conveniently shelved, as she takes on a nurturing role for Kevin. It’s disturbing to see her reduced this way, especially when violence against women and the deadly assumption that women can fix dangerous men is still so prevalent. Also unexplored is any strife Elijah’s mother (Charlayne Woodard) might have felt after learning that her son is an evil genius-turned-terrorist.

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The film’s three leads, at least, remain fascinating to watch. Willis’ gruff return to his character is less reflective than in his origin story, but his reluctant, aged alter ego makes for a nice counterbalance against the overwhelming energy in McAvoy’s performance. Even when sharing the screen with veterans like Willis and Jackson, McAvoy’s ability to quickly change accents, the pitch of his voice, facial expressions and posture for different characters works wonders in Shyamalan’s steady long shots. Although the movie is named after his character, Jackson really doesn’t shine until its final third. He’s delightful in a maniacally sinister way, a perfect conduit for Shyamalan’s signature plot twists.

Performances aside, “Glass” is a pretty mixed bag of exposition-filled dull moments and pedantic dialogue. Shyamalan, who also wrote the movie, unloads comic-book knowledge at the expense of character development, going so far as to explain what a “showdown” is and having a character give a brief history of the comics medium, which seems extraneous in a world where superhero movies have opened in theaters every summer for the past decade. That moment would have worked in 2000, but nowadays, any kid on an American playground has heard of the Avengers.

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Despite its flaws, the movie has a fair share of entertaining scenes, usually the ones involving all three leads. However messy, Shyamalan still has a few tricks up his sleeve when tying the threads of these separate movies together. There are several references to the previous films, including Casey’s Philadelphia Zoo jacket from “Split” and the return of Clark and Woodard (and even Shyamalan) to reprise their “Unbreakable” roles almost 20 years later.

But the surprises aren’t limited to numerous references to the director’s previous work. The cinematography (by Mike Gioulakis, “It Follows”) feels much more cohesive than other parts of the movie. Our superhero and villains each have their own color reflected in their outfit, sidekick and homes. David’s presence, particularly in the fluorescent-lit office where he works with his son, is coded with the shades of green of his poncho. Carrying over the grimy yellow tones of “Split,” Kevin wears bright yellow pants and Casey’s outfit lightly mirrors his with mustard, grey, rust and brown tones. Elijah’s mom is easily recognized by a purple suit, which carries over to her living room. Purple, yellow and green make spectacular superhero colors, and Shyamalan and Gioulakis take full advantage of them.

If “Unbreakable” and “Split” are some of the strongest works in Shyamalan’s filmography, “Glass” holds a place somewhere in the middle between those and the titles that turned off so many moviegoers. But don’t count out Shyamalan just yet. There is enough experimentation — such as the stirring POV shots during the fight scenes — that shows a director still pushing his craft to bring his viewers something new. He’s not done surprising us.



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John Boyega, James McAvoy’s Bunnies Battle Dark Forces in ‘Watership Down’ First Trailer (Video)

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The upcoming BBC adaption of the children’s classic “Watership Down” ain’t no fluffy tale.

Voiced by John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Colman, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Kaluuya, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Chan, Peter Capaldi and Taron Egerton, this daring band of bunnies must join together to battle dark forces in order to survive.

The four-part BBC series follows a group of rabbits who flee their warren to escape destruction. On their journey to find a new home, they face vicious predators predicted by terrifying visions from an all-seeing seer named Fiver (Hoult).

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“All the world will be your enemy,” one rabbit warns in the first trailer released Tuesday. “And when they catch you, they will kill you — but first, they must catch you.”

“This isn’t about cute rabbits,” Boyega, who voices Bigwig, warned on Instagram last week. “It’s kind of messed up.”

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Based on the 1972 novel by Richard Adams, “Watership Down” will premiere on BBC One in the U.K. on Dec. 22 and will be released on Netflix the same day.

It was previously brought to the big screen in the 1978 animated film starring John Hurt, Richard Briers, Harry Andrews, Simon Cadell, Nigel Hawthorne and Roy Kinnear. The film featured the song “Bright Eyes” performed by Art Garfunkel, which went on to be a No. 1 hit.

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The new adaptation was written by Tom Bidwell and directed by Noam Murro. It is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix and produced by 42 and Murro’s Biscuit Films.

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James McAvoy’s Beast Is Back in New ‘Glass’ Trailer (Video)

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James McAvoy’s Beast is back in the new trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass,” and Bruce Willis’ David Dunn must fight him to save the world.

“Glass” is the third movie in what has become a superhero trilogy that started with “Unbreakable” and suddenly picked up steam again with last year’s “Split,” a movie nobody knew was related until its ending.

“Glass” finds the characters of “Unbreakable” — Mr. Glass, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and David Dunn, a nearly invulnerable man who goes on to become something of a superhero, played by Bruce Willis — coming together years later with James McAvoy’s character from “Split.” In that movie, McAvoy played a man with split personalities called Kevin Wendell Crumb, who becomes known as The Horde after a powerful, super-powered personality called the Beast seems to take him over.

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All three are being studied by a psychiatrist (Sarah Paulson) who specializes in people who think they’re superheroes. But in the end, Dunn must prepare to take on the Beast.

“A lot of people are going to die,” Jackson’s Mr. Glass/Elijah Price says in the trailer.

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Shyamalan wrote, co-produced and directed the film, which also stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard.

“Glass” will hit theaters on Jan. 18.

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