M. Night Shyamalan officially wrapped filming on his upcoming film Glass here in the city back in December, but today, the production is in town to film a scene in Rittenhouse Square.
Filming shut down Locust Street between 17th and 18th Streets, and 18th Street from Walnut to Manning Street. Crews filmed inside Stephen Starr’s Parc restaurant, which had its windows blacked out for filming, as well as outside in front of Rittenhouse Square.
Production began around 8 a.m. today, and is expected to last until about 3 p.m., Greater Philadelphia Film Office executive director Sharon Pinkenson told Philly.com in an interview. Glass will continue its production in the Philadelphia suburbs this weekend.
Today’s shoot features no big Hollywood stars, Pinkenson said, and will have Philadelphia standing in for a scene set in Paris.
To that end, crews set up a small fruit stand opposite of Parc. Background actors gathered around the cart as vendors and customers. A hot dog cart also appeared on 18th Street for the shoot, right next to the fruit vendor.
The scene featured a large group of extras, many of whom came streaming out of Parc just before noon as the production made its lunch call. Other background actors milled about outside during the scene, including one woman who was tasked with pushing a fake baby down the street in a stroller.
Glass serves as a followup to Shyamalan’s past hits Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016). The film follows Unbreakable protagonist David Dunn, played by Bruce Willis, as he pursues Split’s Kevin Wendell Crumb, played by James McAvoy. Samuel L. Jackson’s Unbreakable character, Elijah Price, meanwhile, holds secrets relevant to both characters, a plot synopsis says.
Glass will hit theaters on Jan. 18, 2019.