Expanding the universe introduced in the hit franchise that electrified the culture and earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures' The Purge: Election Year reveals the next terrifying chapter that occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great. The first trailer has dropped for this latest chapter in the saga. And it looks like another blockbuster smash hit for Universal and Blumhouse.
It's been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
Once again returning to collaborate with franchise creator James DeMonaco on The Purge: Election Year are the series' producers: Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Insidious and Ouija series, The Visit), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and writer/director DeMonaco's longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers). The Purge: Election Year is set to hit theaters on July 1, making it a very special 4th of July weekend at the movies this year.
The Purge grossed $89 million worldwide in 2013 from just a $3 million, while The Purge: Anarchy earned $110.6 million worldwide from a $9 million budget. Frank Grillo was almost unable to reprise his in The Purge 3 due to scheduling conflicts with his DirecTV TV series Kingdom, which returned for its second season this past fall. The conflicts were ironed out, and production on The Purge: Election Year began this past September.
Frank Grillo recently wrapped production on Captain America: Civil War, reprising his role as Brock Rumlow, a.k.a. Crossbones from the Marvel superhero movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The actor will next be seen in Stephanie, Extortion and Beyond Skyline. But it is his role as Leo Barnes that has certainly captured the nation. Will you be locked out on the streets this July 1st? Or will you be safely hidden behind that cineplex wall when The Purge: Election Year goes gunning for the president? Check out the latest trailer, and hold onto your seat. This is going to be one intense ride!