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Watch below the trailer for SPLIT, film directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
The suspense thriller reunites “The Visit” director with Universal and Blumhouse
Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions will release M. Night Shyamalan‘s “Split” on Jan. 20, 2017, it was announced Tuesday.
James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson star in “Split,” which is a suspense thriller with elements of the supernatural.
Jason Blum and Marc Bienstock will return to produce, while Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider will executive produce. Universal, Blumhouse and Shyamalan recently collaborated on “The Visit.”
“Split” takes over the previously announced Untitled Blumhouse title, which was slated for release on Jan. 27, 2017.
The film currently has the release date of Jan. 20, 2017 to itself, though it’s a safe bet to assume that one of the five releases on Jan. 13, 2017 — “The Dark Tower,” “Power Rangers,” “Friday the 13th,” “Geostorm” and “Hidden Figures” — could push one week.
Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson have joined James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s next thriller.
Joy and Buckley are signing on for lead roles opposite McAvoy, while Sula and Richardson will round out the cast in supporting roles.
Shyamalan will write, direct and produce along with Jason Blum.
As with any Shyamalan project, plot details are under lock and key, but the film will likely include elements of the supernatural. Given Blum’s involvement, the movie’s budget will be relatively small, which would be more on par with Shyamalan’s “The Visit,” which overperformed at the box office, bringing in $83.1 million worldwide.
Marc Bienstock will also produce, while Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider are on board as exec producers. Production is expected to start this November in Philadelphia. The film is not currently set up at a studio.
Taylor-Joy’s break-out performance in “The Witch” earned her rave reviews at Sundance and this would mark her first major role following the film’s premiere earlier this year. She also is set to star opposite Shea Whigham in “Hunstville” and will co-star with Kate Mara in “Morgan.” She is repped by Troika.
Buckley had previously worked with Shyamalan on “The Happening” and past credits include “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Leftovers” and “Five Time Champion.” She is repped by Stewart Talent and Parseghian Planco.
The pic will mark Sula’s first starring role in a feature film having previously starred in the British TV show “Skins.” She is repped by Gersh and Waring and McKenna.
Richardson caught the eye of many execs following her scene-stealing role in the Sundance dramedy “The Bronze.” She is repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and Coast to Coast Talent.