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Glass cast tells Conan how an unlikely superhero trilogy came to be

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Jul 22, 2018, 8:02 PM EDT

One of the biggest trailer debuts at this year's San Diego Comic-Con was for Glass, the third film of a trilogy director M. Night Shyamalan started with 2000's Unbreakable. The story of the superpowered David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and his enemy Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) unexpectedly continued in last year's Split, and the finale is out early next year.

After revealing the trailer to fans at the convention, Shyamalan, Jackson, Willis, Sarah Paulson, and Anya Taylor-Joy, minus a sick James McAvoy, sat down with Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter on Conan to discuss the new trailer and how they all came on board.

Jackson related how he had recently wrapped a film in Morocco and found himself on vacation in a Casablanca casino. He heard a voice across the room and found himself chatting with Bruce Willis, who threw a new project his way.

“'I just met this kid, I just did a movie for him, he's writing a movie for us right now, I'm calling,'” Jackson said.

Aside from O'Brien's joy at being able to address Shyamalan as “Night,” the interview was a chance for the cast and crew to express how much they cared about continuing the story. Shyamalan said that Willis and Jackson both pushed him to make an Unbreakable sequel happen. Jackson, he said, pulled up to him at a red light in Los Angeles and asked, “When are we making that [expletive] sequel?”

For Shyamalan, the experience of making Glass was special.

“This is the first time I wrote something that was based on characters from a different part of my life,” Shyamalan said. “The first time I saw them on camera as Mr. Glass and David Dunn after 18 years, I got emotional. The entire crew, some of these guys were really young, they got really quiet. The cameraman took his eye off the camera. It was a really moving moment to see these two play these iconic characters.”

Glass will be released Jan. 18, 2019.

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