Published On: Sat, May 5th, 2018

Samuel L Jackson introduces ‘Glass’ footage at CinemaCon, tons of details emerge

Universal unveiled the first tease of writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s long-awaited Unbreakable sequel, Glass. The film directly ties into Shayamalan’s recent hit: Split.

Not missing a chance to take center stage, Samuel L. Jackson introduced the film’s trailer, which ends with “Who do you call?” — “First name: Mister. Last name: Glass.”

Jackson induced some applause saying, “It’s about time I got the title role in my own motherf**king movie.”

Joining Jackson and M. Night were stars Bruce Willis, James McAvoy and Sarah Paulson.

The trailer opens with a voiceover from Dr. Ellie Staple (Paulson), a psychologist who specializes in treating individuals who believe that they are superheroes, have superpowers or suffer from this form of delusion of grandeur.

“I specialize in those individuals who believe they are superheroes,” she says.

All three of the main characters, Glass (Jackson), Crumb (McAvoy), and Dunn (Willis), all sitting there looking at her slightly skeptical. On the surface, it seems as though Dunn is there voluntarily, while the other two are prisoners, but maybe not.

“Good for you,” McAvoy’s character responds to her. The doctor asks Dunn “you think you have super powers” as he flashes back to memories of the train he saved.

There are some cuts to the first Unbreakable film and McAvoy’s Horde holding the kidnapped four high school cheerleaders in Split. This is great footage, typical M. Night scary. There is a focus on McAvoy’s Crumb shifting personalities.

The trio in climbing on ceilings, bending iron poles and beating up bad guys.

Says Mr. Glass at the end of the trailer: “I have been waiting for the world to see that we exist.”

Also from Split is Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy), seen in the trailer and, in a surprising twist, visiting Crumb in captivity. At the close of the footage Glass speaks to Crumb, wants to meet the Beast to join forces in his evil plot, attack Dunn and Cooke.

The clips ends with the voiceover, asking”Who do you call?” Cue Jackson: “First name: Mister. Last name: Glass.”

“Eighteen years ago I had this idea: What if comic books were based on reality? I tried to tell the story of superheros in the real world with David Dunn,” said Shyamalan to the crowd.

“Then two years ago, I got another crazy notion: What if the afflictions and disorders that everyone in society thinks make a person bad were actually gifts? And I created the origin story for an anarchist who could be good or bad.”

Shyamalan told the audience that Glass is the “first truly grounded comic book movie,” tons of humility there. “Finally, the thriller genre and the comic book genre have come together,” he says.

Split became a critical and commercial success last year, earning $278.5 million on a $9 million budget.

Glass will hit cinemas on January 18 2019.


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