Genre fans can now enter the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind, as Universal Pictures has released the new official trailer, poster and stills for its upcoming thriller, ‘Split.’ The drama marks writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s return to the captivating grip of his some of his most acclaimed films, including ‘The Sixth Sense,’ ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Signs.’
‘Split’ is set to be released in theaters on January 20, 2017 by Universal Pictures. The studio also distributed last year’s breakout horror hit ‘The Visit,’ which Shyamalan also scribed and helmed. The filmmaker’s upcoming film reunites him with producer Jason Blum, who also worked on ‘The Visit.’
Universal Pictures has released the following synopsis for ‘Split’:
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), 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.
While working on ‘Split,’ Shyamalan and Blum reassembled their core team from ‘The Visit,’ which was the highest grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider. In addition to McAvoy, Taylor-Joy and Buckley, the thriller also stars Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson.
Watch the official trailer for, and check out the poster and stills from, ‘Split’ below.
Written by: Karen Benardello