No more Mr. Nice Guy. James McAvoy’s latest cinematic outing is Split, an M. Night Shyamalan film that sees the talented Scot take on 24 characters in one.
McAvoy plays Kevin, a sadistic kidnapper who’s holding three girls captive in a basement. But is that all?
Of course not (this is twist-master Shyamalan we’re talking about). Kevin suffers from dissociative identity disorder, and his many personalities range from the disturbed man who abducts the girls, to a middle aged woman, to a nine-year-old boy called Hedwig. From the official synopsis:
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, 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.
Shyamalan wrote and directed Split, and made the film in conjunction with his core team from The Visit, the top grossing horror film of 2015. After a series of misses, many called The Visit a revival of the brilliant Shyamalan who made Sixth Sense and Signs. Here’s hoping Split can continue the trend.
Watch the trailer above and look for the film in cinemas in January 2017.