James McAvoy as you’ve never seen him before. And James McAvoy as you’ve never seen him before. And James McAvoy as you’ve never seen him before… And so on and so on until we reach the 23rd James McAvoy as you’ve never seen him before. (Or should that be 24th…?) It’s the new trailer for M Night Shyamalan’s Split.
Here’s the personalities we managed to work out McAvoy plays so far:
- Kevin Wendell Crumb – the original personality
- Dennis – the tough body Kevin “created”
- The Beast – the “24th” personality
- Hedwig – a nine year-old boy
- Patricia – the cross-dressing matriarch
- Barry – a fashion designer
- Orwell – tweedy scholar
- Jade – a diabetic
- Norma (tbc)
- Hamlet (tbc)
Writer/director/producer M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, then a lot of naff films until The Visit returned him to favour) presents Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Shyamalan reunites with The Visit producer Jason Blum (The Purge, Insidious, The Gift).
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 materialise 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.