M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’: Everything we know so far

M. Night Shyamalan's new 'Glass' trailer teases something 'more than human'

The success of M. Night Shyamalan’s 2017 thriller Split brought him back into audiences’ good graces, but the revelation that the film was tied to 2000’s dark superhero movie Unbreakable made the filmmakers’ future plans even more exciting. Those two films collide in 2019’s Glass, which now has a second full-length trailer.

Directed and written by Shyamalan, Glass brings back much of the cast of both films — Unbreakable and Split — for a crossover that pits the heroes and villains of each film against each other. Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy are among the featured cast members confirmed to reprise their roles.

Here is everything we know about Glass so far.

  • Title: Glass
  • Release date: January 18, 2019
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan

The trailers

The second, full-length trailer for Glass (see above) was released in October. The preview offered an extended look at the trio of characters that will be brought together for the movie.

The first trailer for Glass (see below) debuted July 20 during Comic-Con, but Universal Pictures kept fans excited for its arrival with a series of brief teaser videos leading up to the trailer’s premiere.

Each of the three videos put the spotlight on a different character from Split and Unbreakable.

The poster

Shyamalan revealed the first poster for Glass on Twitter, and accompanied it with a promise to give fans a better look at the film July 20 when the first trailer premieres.

The poster features the films’ three main characters: Jackson’s fragile but brilliant Mr. Glass from Unbreakable, McAvoy’s multiple-personality villain The Horde from Split, and Willis’ powerful and practically invulnerable vigilante David Dunn from Unbreakable. Each of the three characters is shown seated in various forms, with their shadows revealing more colorful identities.

The cast


Along with Willis, Jackson, and McAvoy (pictured), Glass also brings back Spencer Treat Clark as David’s son, Joseph; Charlayne Woodard as Mr. Glass’ mother; and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, who survived her ordeal with The Horde in Split. Joining the franchise in Glass is American Horror Story actress Sarah Paulson, who will play psychiatrist Ellie Staple in the film.

The director

M. Night Shyamalan returns behind the camera for the third installment of a trilogy that began with 2000’s Unbreakable. The two-time Academy Award nominee (for writing and directing The Sixth Sense) insisted for years that he hoped to make a sequel to his dark superhero drama, and will finally get that chance with Glass.

The background

Glass was first announced in April 2017 following the tremendous success of Split, which was made for approximately $9 million and ended up earning $278.4 million worldwide and $138.2 million in U.S. theaters.

The film cast Taylor-Joy as a teenager kidnapped by McAvoy’s character, whose body and mind serve as host to more than 20 different personalities — including one particularly violent personality known as “The Beast” that manifests superhuman abilities. The final scene of Split connected the film to Unbreakable with a scene featuring Willis as Unbreakable protagonist David Dunn, who discovered that he had superhuman strength and invulnerability after a deadly train crash in the 2000 film.

Updated on October 11, 2018: Added the second trailer for the film.

Movies & TV

New ‘Pet Sematary’ trailer resurrects Stephen King’s terrifying story

Stephen King's terrifying 1983 novel Pet Sematary heads back to the big screen in 2019, and now we have the first trailer for the film, which follows a young family that discovers a burial ground with the power of resurrection.
Movies & TV

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' photos and video reveal Spidey's new costume

Despite some mystery surrounding Spider-Man's future after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters in July 2019. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (October 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Glass,’ ‘Mortal Engines,’ ‘Pet Sematary’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. To simplify things, we round up the best ones each week. On tap this week: New trailers for Pet Sematary, Glass, Mortal Engines, and other upcoming films.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix in October, from 'Mindhunter’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Movies & TV

Stream till you scream with the best scary movies on Netflix, Hulu, and more

Need some ghoulish entertainment to get in the Halloween spirit? Check out some of the best horror movies streaming now. Whether you like creepy atmosphere or bloody jump scares, you'll find something to spook you.
Movies & TV

‘Venom’ devours the box office competition with monstrous second weekend

Sony Pictures anti-superhero movie Venom won the weekend box office for the second straight week, beating musical drama A Star is Born, as well as three new releases that made it into the weekend's top ten movies.
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Movies & TV

Stay inside this summer with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Castle Rock'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we've put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: The Haunting of Hill House season 1, The Romanoffs, and more.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Emerging Tech

Here’s all the best gear and gadgetry you can snag for $100 or less

A $100 bill can get you further than you might think -- so long as you know where to look. Check out our picks for the best tech under $100, whether you're in the market for headphones or a virtual-reality headset.
Home Theater

Dish Network or DirecTV: Which is the better choice for you?

So, you’ve chosen to go with a satellite television provider. Check out our quick rundown of what both Dish Network and DirecTV offer in terms of content, hardware, and pricing, and why you might choose them over streaming services.
Movies & TV

New 'Mandalorian' photo links series to Boba Fett and 'Star Wars Holiday Special'

Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service will be titled The Mandalorian. The series will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.