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James McAvoy plays 24 characters in new M. Night Shyamalan thriller

by Brandon Russell | July 27, 2016July 27, 2016 4:00 pm PST

The creep factor is off the charts in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest, Split, starring James McAvoy as 24 different characters.

McAvoy appears to play someone with a dissociative identity disorder, where 23 identities live inside of his body, including a 9-year-old named Hedwig. Now, I’m not sure if we’re supposed to take that literally or if McAvoy’s character, Kevin, really does have a mental disorder. There are suggestions of a supernatural element, so we’re not counting out the big twist being the identities living inside Kevin were consumed by “The Beast,” which is alluded to at the end of the trailer.

Here’s Split’s official synopsis:

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), 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.

Split hits theaters on Jan. 20, 2017.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...