First trailer released for M Night Shyamalan’s new superhero movie ‘Glass’

The movie is the sequel to 'Unbreakable' and 'Split' and features Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Willis and James McAvoy

M Night Shyamalan has revealed a teaser trailer for his upcoming movie Glass during a panel at San Diego’s Comic Con yesterday (July 20).

Featuring Unbreakable’s Samuel L Jackson and Bruce Willis alongside Split’s James McAvoy, Shyamalan told the audience at Comic Con to expect “world class performances” from the three actors.

Glass, a superhero horror movie, will be the sequel to Unbreakable and Split and will form the Eastrail 177 trilogy.

Willis plays a security guard with special abilities, Jackson a comic book aficionado with a dark secret. McAvoy, meanwhile, plays a character who has multiple personalities.

The teaser trailer opens with the three main characters undergoing psychiatric treatment from Dr Ellie Staple – a new character played by Sarah Paulson – because they believe they are superheroes.

“I specialise in those individuals who believe they are superheroes…the three of you have convinced yourself that you have extraordinary gifts like something out of a comic book,” Staple tells them, before flashbacks reveal their pasts.

Sharing the video on Twitter, Shyamalan – who has also directed The Sixth Sense and Signs – said he pleased to be able to finally share the trailer with fans.

“This movie has been years in the making. I finally get to share a little bit of it with all of you!” he wrote on Twitter shortly after the panel. 

Whilst Poulson is a new character to the series, Anna Taylor-Joy – who previously appeared in Split – will return.

Unbreakable was released back in 2000, with Split following in 2016. Speaking about the new instalment previously, Shyamalan described the film as a “crazy comic book thriller” when he confirmed he was making a sequel last April.

He also elaborated more on the connection between Unbreakable and Split last year, telling Yahoo! News: “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?”

He added: “Wouldn’t that be fun for an audience to be like ‘wait, what?!’ 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.”

Glass is planned for release on 18 January 2019.