James McAvoy in First Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Thriller 'Split'

July 27, 2016
Source: YouTube


"He knows what you're here for. He listens to me…" Shyamalan is back with another thriller. Universal has unveiled a trailer for Split, the latest film written & directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The psychological supernatural thriller stars James McAvoy as a man haunted by 23 different personalities in his mind as part of dissociative identity disorder. The full cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy (from The Witch), Haley Lu Richardson, Kim Director, Jessica Sula, Sterling K. Brown, Betty Buckley and Brad William Henke. This looks very interesting, unlike any kind of psychological thriller we've seen before, and I think that's a good thing. The multiple personalities concept is intriguing, and I'm curious if there's a big twist.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for M. Night Shyamalan's Split, direct from YouTube:

Split Poster

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, 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. Actress Anya Taylor-Joy said in an interview that Split "is not a horror film". Split is both written and directed by Indian-American filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, of the films The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth previously, and The Visit most recently. Produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum of Blumhouse. Universal will open Split in theaters everywhere starting January 20th, 2017 early next year. Thoughts?

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"This video is not available." I, for the most part, have enjoyed Shyamalan's films, and McAvoy is a great actor, so I'm curious to see how this looks. I'll search around elsewhere for the trailer though.

Justin R on Jul 27, 2016


Ugh, sorry, apparently they pulled the trailer already. Will try and get an update and let you know when it's back.

Alex Billington on Jul 27, 2016


Thanks! Actually just refreshed and it's up, watching it now.

Justin R on Jul 27, 2016


Yep! There we go! It's back up and running. 🙂 That didn't take too long at all... phew!

Alex Billington on Jul 27, 2016


Shyamalan, the guy who said beyond any shame that he was the living Kubrick. I am stunned Studios keep giving him money to make bland movies at best.

tarek on Jul 27, 2016


I agree with Bo, this statement ruins the day.

shiboleth on Jul 27, 2016


Well, not litteraly speaking. I was just using a hyperbole. He said that people are giving him bad reviews because they don't get him and his style that borrows a lot from Kubrick and Hitchcock. And he finishes by saying that in Japan people think he is a genius, which confirm his theory that people in the US aren't smart enough to get him.... Talk about humility.

tarek on Jul 27, 2016


I can't even remember what happened in the sixth sense. All I remember is a depressed Bruce Willis pulling his depressing face for 2 hours. The whole movie was based on this final twist. Once you know what's all about this fuss, the whole movie becomes uninteresting. shyamalan reminds me of Lindelof screenwriting-wise. They write the twist first, and then they write the story around. Simetimes it sticks on the wall, and sometimes not. Well, most of the time.

tarek on Jul 27, 2016


The visit was a good return of shyamalan, and this looks not so bad. Maybe he is restoring his old self...

ari smulders on Jul 27, 2016


I don't know if the trailer was edited by a drunk monkey or if the movie itself looks like this trailer... Cinematography is uninspired with these slow zoom/forward travelling. too much self awareness.

tarek on Jul 27, 2016


I have a feeling it'll be one personality from the start.Anyway,McAvoy is good and Shyamalan had some solid films before.

Maxim Karagogov on Jul 27, 2016


This actually looks pretty good to me. Definitely creepy.

I'm Batman on Jul 27, 2016


Nice use of Ennio Morricone's For a Few Dollars More soundtrack (La Resa Dei Conti) at the beginning. And I guess since McAvoy shaved his head for X-Men, he might as well have gotten some use out of it for another project. This movie, however, looks somewhat silly to me. Maybe it's the trailer, but it seems almost comical intercutting McAvoy's personalities with one another, and I've been jaded too many times by Shyamalan to keep taking chances on his films. He's like Kevin Smith, they somehow keep getting financing to keep creating....Idk how they're even continuing to be commercially viable at this point....

RAW_D on Jul 27, 2016


They are probably dating studio exec. wives. I can't see another explanation.

tarek on Jul 27, 2016


SPOILER: ...there never was a Roy...

Akirakorn on Jul 27, 2016


What a twist.

Josh W on Jul 27, 2016


Nor there was any Batty. All those moments will be lost in time, like Time to die!

tarek on Jul 27, 2016


No, there never was an Aaron.

Jonathan on Jul 27, 2016


He's actually several identical people - not just one guy with a split personality!

bumboclot on Jul 28, 2016


Wozzatwistgunnabeeeeee? I hope it isn't a shania twain fest like the Happening.

Carpola on Jul 27, 2016


I'd heard some good reviews about The Visit, so I rented it. The horrible, horrible kid rapping at the beginning was enough to make me shut it off. Couldn't stand to listen to another second of it. I don't know if the rest of the movie was any good and I don't care. This director has just been given too many chances.

Charles Knowlton on Jul 27, 2016


I watched the visit with great hope. It was an uninspired Blair Witch remake in a house. The movie had probably cost them 1000$. ( 600$ were spent on Pizza). Man! someone has to stop this found footage shtick.

tarek on Jul 28, 2016


I'm hoping it was only the trailer that wasn't edited very well, because this move looks like it could actually be good.

Lar Rackell on Jul 27, 2016


I like McAvoy, but I think he would do better with some other director. This looks badly predictable. And not inspiring ...

shiboleth on Jul 27, 2016


Shyamalan should have rather read Brandon Sanderson's Legion book and made a movie based on that. Would have been much better.

Fox on Jul 27, 2016


James McAvoy looks like he has a pretty good time with this but these types of movies are always so full of plot holes. Any bets on whether the girls are just other personalities of his?

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Love on Jul 28, 2016


Ready to watch McAvoy dance.

DAVIDPD on Jul 28, 2016


If this was a parody of a Shyamalan movie the trailer would be the same.

bumboclot on Jul 28, 2016


This looks great! It's a shame Shyamalan's career got derailed by some unfortunate choices but I think any honest cinephile will attest that he really is a talented director. I hope this continues the comeback he started with The Visit which was very solid.

adur on Jul 29, 2016


The movie may be over crap, but I see possible Oscar nom for McAvoy for this.

VAharleywitch on Aug 4, 2016

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