When Old actress Alexa Swinton hit the sandy yellow carpet for the movie’s world premiere Monday night at the Jazz at Lincoln Center, she was like most everyone else there to see the new M. Night Shyamalan movie — excited but unsure of what the director had in store.
“The ending changed!” Swinton, who plays the 11-year-old version of young beachgoer Maddox and saw an early cut of the Universal Pictures film, told The Hollywood Reporter. “So I haven’t seen how it ends.”
It’s not all that surprising in light of director Shyamalan’s comments from a panel at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, during which he expressed that he was still working on the ending. “I’m deciding on the minor note; how to end on a minor note,” Shyamalan said. “The minor note sticks to you forever.”
However, it is a fitting twist for the director and producer that’s built a career off of delivering the unexpected. Especially as Old is based on an already completed work: Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frederik Peeters’ graphic novel Sandcastle.