Universal has released a new GLASS trailer. The upcoming sequel to UNBREAKABLE and SPLIT follows James McAvoy’s villainous Kevin Wendell Crumb, Bruce Willis’ heroic David Dunn, and Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price, aka. Mr. Glass, in a series of escalating encounters orchestrated by the enigmatic Glass. And as this new trailer suggests, this might just be a slick and smart superhero movie.
M. Night Shyamalan rocketed to fame with his “twisty” storytelling in The Sixth Sense, a trait that soon became infamous and hamstrung the director more and more in his follow-up films. UNBREAKABLE was shrugged off as a competent and interesting film when it came out, but the arrival of SPLIT and its connected superhero world to the former film sparked a resurgence in Shyamalan’s fandom. Now, GLASS looks like it could be his best work yet. Even if superhero stories aren’t your thing, the acting on display here by Jackson and McAvoy look to be an absolute joy to watch; Willis less so, but we don’t get to see too much of his performance here. GLASS should absolutely be on your must-see watch-list.
As you can see in this trailer, which verges on giving away too much of the plot but also leaves you wanting more thanks to just how fantastic the core performances are, Glass is a master manipulator whose intellect and strategy is far superior to his brittle body and to the meager mental prowess of those around him. He’s playing both sides here: In Crumb, he finds a powerful soldier whom he can mold and manipulate into doing all sorts of unspeakable things; in Dunn, he finds a potential heroic adversary who might just be worthy enough to out-maneuver his schemes; either way, Glass wins by exposing superhuman-kind to the world at large.
GLASS opens January 18, 2019, and also stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, and Charlayne Woodard.