Psychological thriller “Split” by M. Night Shyamalan

Theatrical premiere: January 20, 2017 (United States)
Starring: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Betty Buckley


Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Screenplay by: M. Night Shyamalan
Running time: 117 minutes
Budget: $9 million
Box office: $278.5 million

Prequel: Unbreakable (2000)
Sequel:Glass (2019)


Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum for the film.

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 has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, 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, 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.

For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider

“Split” Trailer

“Split” Cast

James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde
Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke
Izzie Coffey as 5-year-old Casey
Betty Buckley as Dr. Karen Fletcher
Haley Lu Richardson as Claire Benoit
Jessica Sula as Marcia, a classmate of Casey and a friend of Claire
Brad William Henke as John
Sebastian Arcelus as Mr. Cooke
Neal Huff as Mr. Benoit
Kim Director as Hannah
Lyne Renée as Academic Moderator
M. Night Shyamalan as Jai
Rosemary Howard as Kevin’s mother
Bruce Willis as David Dunn (uncredited cameo)

Film stills from “Split”