M. Night Syamalan’s latest film, Split, a psychological-supernatural-thriller, is already getting a lot of attention. Talented actor James McAvoy stars as a kidnapper with a serious case of Dissociative Identity Disorder.
In the film’s first trailer we learn that McAvoy’s character has kidnapped three young women and taken them to his lair. As if things couldn’t get any worse for the women, they soon discover that their captor has several split-personalities, including those of the Kevin, the villain persona, and a woman and a 9-year-old boy. It’s revealed that he has 23 personalities in all. Kevin tells his prisoners that “beast” is coming for them and insists that the creature is very real. All we see is a drawing of the “beast”, so it’s unclear if it is actually real or if it’s another one of his identities.
Anya Taylor Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula co-star in Split. Shymalalan, Marc Bienstock and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum are producing.
James McAvoy has starred in many great roles, such as his lead role as Victor in 2015’s Victor Frankenstein , Charles Xavier in X-Men Days of Future Past and X-Men First Class, and Wesley in Wanted. McAvoy also co-starred for a season on Shameless (UK) as Kevin. His character in Split may be his most challenging role to date.
Split, written and directed by M. Night Shymalalan, is set to open in theaters on January 20, 2017.
Sources: IMDb, Wikipedia