New M. Night Shyamalan Thriller Recruits Four Actresses In Leading Roles


Casting is really beginning to heat up on M. Night Shyamalan‘s new, yet-to-be-titled thriller. Fresh off securing James McAvoy’s place, the nascent picture has now recruited Anya Taylor Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson.

Variety has the scoop, noting that Sula and Richardson will assume supporting roles in the feature, whereas Joy and Buckley join the production as leading characters opposite McAvoy.

Written, directed and produced by Shyamalan, the mysterious project will mark a reunion for the eclectic director, with Jason Blum also on board to produce. The pair collaborated for this year’s spooky domestic thriller The Visit, which has took in an impressive $83 million to date off the back of a $5 million budget, in typical Blumhouse fashion.

Speaking of tradition, plot details or any hint of narrative are being kept firmly under wraps for Shyamalan’s latest; all we know is that it will fall under the thriller category, which is too broad a genre to deduce any real conclusions. What we do know is that Buckley has worked with the director before for The Happening, while Joy has rose to fame via indie horror flick The Witch – a film held up against The Badabook and It Follows as this year’s unmissable genre flicks. Richardson, on the other hand, is best known for a recurring role on Pretty Little Liars, whereas Shyamalan’s thriller will herald the feature debut for Jessica Sula.

Production is primed to kick off on M. Night Shyamalan‘s latest feature next month in Philadelphia. By then, we hope to have a clearer picture of the plot.