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James McAvoy is shattered in the new trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Split

10.26.2016by: Brennan Klein
Split James McAvoy Anya Taylor-Joy M Night Shyamalan

I never thought I'd live in a world where I'd actually be excited for a new M. Night Shyamalan movie, but the director's partnership with Blumhouse produced the surprisingly solid THE VISIT and now I have my fingers tentatively crossed for their follow-up, SPLIT. The second trailer has just dropped, and while there's no avoiding the "split personality" plot is a massive cliché for genre movies, it looks like James McAvoy will give us a tour de force performance, and it's always nice to see THE WITCH's Anya-Taylor Joy, who has been killing it onscreen this year. Check out the trailer below!

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.

SPLIT stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, and Haley Lu Richardson. It hits theaters on January 20, 2017.

Extra Tidbit: Did you dig THE VISIT?

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