James McAvoy gets Split in first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's supernatural thriller

James McAvoy is about to get split into multiple personalities when (ahem) Split opens in theaters in January of next year, and Universal Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for director M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film.

The movie, written and directed by Shyamalan, reunites him with The Visit producer Jason Blum. It also stars Anya Taylor-Joy, who recently wowed us with her performance in The Witch, as a resourceful young woman trying to escape her abductor by taking advantage of his other personalities.

Here’s an intriguing synopsis for Split, which'll feature X-Men actor James McAvoy in the role of 23 split personalities. Whew! Should be fun, except that one of them looks to be a monster: Like, literally. Like most of Shyamalan's movies, the suspense thriller is said to mix in elements of the supernatural. Check it out:

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 (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, The Witch), 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 will open in movie theaters Jan. 20, 2017.

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