When Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy Found Out It Was Connected To Unbreakable

Anya Taylor Joy in Split

There's been a ton of conversations revolving around director M. Night Shyamalan in the past few years, following the success of his most recent blockbuster Split. Shyamalan is someone who likes to put big twists in his movies, and Split was no exception. The film's final moments revealed that the new movie is actually connected to 2000's Unbreakable-- with an upcoming sequel uniting both casts. The twist was a mind blower that nobody expected, and anticipation for the new movie Glass has been at a fever pitch. Anya Taylor-Joy is among the actors returning for the new movie, and she recently revealed when she found out Split was actually connected to Shymalan's 2000 hit. Spoiler alert: it was very late into the process.

Night asked me to go to one of those tester screenings in Arizona. I went with him, and the ending wasn't part of that, but, as we were outside ready to go into the screening, [he] told me about it [and Glass]. I completely lost it.

It looks like Anya Taylor-Joy wasn't privy to M. Night Shyamalan's plans at all during the filming of Split. And it wasn't until the movie was getting close to arrive in theaters that he eventually dropped the bomb, complete with the actresses' upcoming role in Glass. Talk about a big day.

The final twist of Split made an already strong film into a major pop culture moment. There was only one way to experience the moment as it happened: seeing Split in theaters. Anya Taylor-Joy's comments to EW show how it was kept under wraps, something fans and reviewers also did once it was released. The short scene with Bruce Willis no doubt helped the box office performance of Shyamalan's backdoor sequel, and conversation about the upcoming team up film hasn't really stopped since.

Glass will unite the characters from both of M. Night Shyamalan's movies. From Unbreakable this includes David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and his son (Spencer Treat Clark), and Samuel L. Jackson's villainous Mr. Glass. They'll star alongside Split characters Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) and James McAvoy's Kevin-- including the many personalities occupying his mind. It's unclear how the the various personalities will ultimately interact, but the shared setting of Philadelphia certainly opens up the possibilities. You have to feel bad for Taylor-Joy's Casey, as she barely survived being kidnapped and almost killed by The Beast and its associates. Now she'll likely have to face him again, hopefully teaming up with David Dunn in the process.

Anya Taylor-Joy has kept busy in the past few years, and is basically a bonafide scream queen through her role in movies like The Witch and the upcoming X-Men thriller The New Mutants.

Glass will arrive in theaters January 18, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.