The very end of M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller Split blew our minds when it revealed that it took place in the same universe as the director's 2000 superhero film Unbreakable.
Since then, Shyamalan has been working on a sequel to both Split and Unbreakable entitled Glass, a reference to Mr. Glass (aka Elijah Price), the villain played by Samuel L. Jackson. The third installment to the Shyamalan Cinematic Universe (or "Shyamalanaverse") will incude Jackson, Bruce Willis (David Dunn), James McAvoy (Kevin Wendell Crumb), and Sarah Paulson.
Appearing at CinemaCon today, Shyamalan and the cast revealed some footage from the film, which is slated for theatrical release in January of next year. The footage reportedly shows Paulson's character, a psychologist who deals with people that believe they are superheroes. This description of Paulson's role was previously unknown until now.
"I specialize in those individuals who believe they are superheros," she apparently says in the clip, writes The Hollywood Reporter. Sitting across from her are Glass, a fragile man with a high intellect; Dunn, a man who can view the criminal acts of others just by touching them; and Crumb, who has 23 distinct personalities, including one that gives him superhuman strength and endurance.
At the end of the footage, Glass menacingly responds: "I have been waiting for the world to see that we exist." On the stage, Jackson added: “It’s about time I got the title role in my own motherf***ing movie.”
"Finally the thriller genre and the comic book genre have come together," added Shyamalan, who described Glass as the "first really grounded superhero movie."