Principal photography has begun in Philadelphia on M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass,” Universal Pictures and Buena Vista International announced Monday in a statement.
“Glass” brings together the narratives of two of Shyamalan‘s films, Touchstone’s “Unbreakable” and Universal’s “Split.”
From 2000’s “Unbreakable,” Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym “Mr. Glass.” Joining from the 2016 film “Split” are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within him, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.
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The writer/director tweeted about the start of production yesterday.
About to go to sleep before the first day of shooting #Glass. Thinking about the incredible week of rehearsals we had & hoping for the best.
— M. Night Shyamalan ⌛ (@MNightShyamalan) October 2, 2017
Following the conclusion of “Split,” “Glass” finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
Joining the cast of “Glass” are Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, who reprise their “Unbreakable” roles as Dunn’s son and Price’s mother, as well as Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Paulson.
“Glass” is being produced by Shyamalan and Blumhouse Production’s Jason Blum, who also produced Shyamalan‘s previous two films for Universal. They will be joined by Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, along with Steven Schneider, who will executive produce.
“Glass” is scheduled to be released by Universal Pictures domestically on Jan. 18, 2019 and by Buena Vista International abroad.