M Night Shyamalan’s upcoming new film Glass will feature unused footage from his 2000 movie Unbreakable, it has been confirmed.
The superhero thriller is set for release in the UK on January 18, and will be a sequel to both Unbreakable and Shyamalan’s 2016 movie Split. The new film is named after Samuel L. Jackson’s character Mr. Glass, and will bring to an end the trilogy of movies.
As well as Jackson, Bruce Willis will also reprise his role from Unbreakable as David Dunn / The Overseer in Glass – and Shyamalan has now confirmed that unused footage from the original 2000 film will be used in his new movie.
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“I don’t want to give too much away but you do see moments of the original Unbreakable – scenes you didn’t get to see,” the director told Fandango last week.
In addition to that footage, another tie that Glass will have to Unbreakable is the presence of 31-year-old actor Spencer Treat Clark – who played Willis’ character’s son Joseph back in 2000. “You’ll see the same actor change 18 years in front of you,” Shyamalan confirmed.
Willis and Jackson will be joined by James McAvoy (who plays Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde) in their top billing as the stars of Glass. The likes of Sarah Paulson and Anya Taylor-Joy will also appear in the upcoming movie.
Back in 2017, Shyamalan elaborated more on the connection between Unbreakable and Split: “I was really excited about the format of making a movie that you have to satisfy [the audience] as this genre, as a psychological thriller, but then can you make a movie in one genre then in the last moment of the movie you realise you weren’t in that genre, you were in another genre?
“Wouldn’t that be fun for an audience to be like ‘wait, what?!’” he remarked. “So for me when I saw [1979 film] Being There, the idea is something like that happens, and I’m like, ‘What did we just watch?’ I remember feeling that, so it felt right.”