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James McAvoy has multiple personalities in the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Split

James McAvoy gets his United States Of Tara moment and it goes seriously wrong in the trailer for Split, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest. The movie stars McAvoy as Kevin, a dude with multiple personality disorder who kidnaps a trio of pretty teens. One of the young women is played by The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy, clearly looking to claim her scream queen crown. Betty Buckley provides some exposition here, playing a psychiatrist who explains that Kevin has 23 personalities. We meet some of them in this footage: There’s creepy abductor Kevin, stern British lady Kevin, and 9-year-old boy Kevin. More unsettling is talk of something called “The Beast,” accompanied by some monster-drawings.

Shyamalan might be on a roll after The Visit, which The A.V. Club deemed a “comeback.” If nothing else, Split at least looks like a delicious McAvoy performance. It will freak you out in theaters in January 2017.


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