With this year's Split, M. Night Shyamalan surprised many of his fans by connecting the seemingly self-contained thriller to his 2000 movie, Unbreakable. That concept will expand in 2019 with the release of Glass -- the Mr. Glass-focused threequel that will see the Unbreakable and Split stories converge in a major way. Building off of that idea, we've learned that the Glass cast has officially grown by two, as Unbreakable actors Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard are both officially set return to this dark superhero universe.
THR confirms that Glass continues to embrace the Unbreakable mythology with the return of Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard. Clark (only 13 at the time of Unbreakable's release) will once again portray David Dunn's son, Joseph, who believed his father was a bonafide superhero and pushed him to embrace that role in society. Similarly, Woodard will once again play the mother of Elijah Price, a supporting yet stern woman who introduced Mr. Glass to the world of comic book heroes and instilled a very particular sense of morality into him at a young age. Both of these characters are fundamental to the creation of the hero and villain, and their inclusion seems to promise an even deeper exploration of their respective psyches this time around.
In addition to the return of Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, Glass will bring all of the best characters from Unbreakable and Split together. The film will see Bruce Willis' nearly invulnerable David Dunn go head to head against Samuel L. Jackson's brittle-boned Elijah "Mr. Glass" Price, as well as James McAvoy's Kevin Wendell Crumb, the split personality sufferer who unleashed "The Beast" persona at the end of Shyamalan's most recent film. Additionally, Split's Anya Taylor-Joy will return as Casey Cooke. Aside from the returning cast members, the film will also introduce American Crime Story's Sarah Paulson, whose role has yet to be identified.
Based on all of the pieces that we have seen laid out in front of us, it appears that Glass could represent the culmination of narrative seeds planted very early on in Unbreakable's chronology. During one of the first film's earliest scenes, in which Elijah's mother discusses the nature of villains to him, she describes two different types of evil: the "soldier villain" and the arch nemesis. Unbreakable established Price as the arch villain for David Dunn and Split introduced Kevin Wendell Crumb as the "soldier villain" to offer a physical threat. Now that all of these pieces are about to coalesce, it looks like the prophecy laid out by Charlayne Woodard's character will soon come true.
Glass will debut in theaters on January 18, 2019. However, there are plenty of other upcoming horror films and thrillers to check out (we recommend IT while it's still in theaters), so take a look at our 2017 movie premiere guide and our 2018 movie premiere guide to see what else Hollywood has in store for the next year.