Anya Taylor-Joy on Her Split Character Returning in Glass

The up-and-coming actress explains how M. Night Shyamalan told her she was in the Unbreakable sequel.

Although Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s long-awaited sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable (and last year’s Split), doesn’t come out until early next year, we recently had the chance to speak with Split star Anya Taylor-Joy about the film.

Her character from Split, a troubled girl named Casey Cooke who is one of three young women held captive by James McAvoy’s Kevin Crumb/The Horde, will also appear in Glass, which will focus on Unbreakable’s superhero David Dunn (Bruce Willis) pursuing McAvoy’s multi-personality villain while also reigniting his longstanding battle with uber-nemesis Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson).

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With those three larger-than-life characters locked in what is sure to be an epic conflict, we asked Taylor-Joy recently (during an interview for her new film Thoroughbreds) how Shyamalan managed to fit Casey into the action. While she couldn’t go into detail, she told us she was happy that Shyamalan wanted Casey to be involved.

“I remember when Night let me in on the whole connection and I got so excited because I’m a big Unbreakable fan,” said Taylor-Joy. “And I just said, ‘Oh my goodness, this is going to be so amazing, you have to let me come on set.’ And his response was, ‘What makes you think you’re not coming?’ So I hope that it was always in his mind to do it, but the man is so intelligent that I don’t even try and put myself in his brain. I’m pretty sure that the way that he’s put Casey in will make people very happy and it’s believable.”

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Glass is not due out until January 19, 2019, but Taylor-Joy has been incredibly busy even without that on her calendar. She is also starring as Magik in New Mutants — director Josh Boone’s X-Men spinoff that recently had its release delayed by 10 months — she appears in next month’s Spanish horror movie Marrowbone, and she is one of two leads (along with Olivia Cooke) in this Friday’s Thoroughbreds, a pitch-black satire/thriller about two young girls who bring out each other’s most destructive tendencies.

She’s also slated to reunite with her director on The Witch, Robert Eggers, for a new version of the 1922 silent horror classic Nosferatu. As you will see in our full interview later this week, her remarks on that are…curious, to say the least. Watch for that and catch her excellent work in Thoroughbreds later this week.