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M. Night Shyamalan to film new movie 'Glass' in Lehigh Valley

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. - "The Sixth Sense", "Signs", and a slew of other films put M. Night Shyamalan on the map.

Next week, he's bringing the set of his new movie "Glass" to the Lehigh Valley.

The new film is part of a trilogy, with last year's "Split" and the 2000 hit "Unbreakable", starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

Willis and Jackson will both reportedly be in the Lehigh Valley next week, shooting at the abandoned psychiatric hospital in Allentown, which could soon be sold.

"The shooting will be confined to one place," said Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

Her organization, a non-profit corporation, works to attract film and TV to the region.

"We think the Lehigh Valley is a great place for filming," she said. "And we're excited the Lehigh Valley residents are going to have the experience of having a big film in their area."

The Valley has had the feature film experience before. 

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen", for one, was partly shot in Bethlehem. 

"School Ties" also shot some notable scenes in the area; in the beginning of the film, smoke can be seen coming from the stacks at Bethlehem Steel, along with a cameo from the Roxy Theatre.

And actor Daniel Roebuck, a Bethlehem native known for roles in "The Fugitive" and "Lost", directed his new independent film "Getting Grace" here.

Roebuck, who called the film "a love letter to the Lehigh Valley", spoke to WFMZ before shooting began.

"I hope people say, 'Where is that? I want to go there. It's a beautiful place," he said. 

If the acting bug has got you, they need extras for the new Shyamalan film. 

"We have worked very closely with Heery Loftus casting and I know they've put out some requests for extras and stand-ins," said Pinkenson.

The casting company posted information about its needs on its website

Filming of "Glass" is expected to take several weeks.


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