After surprise hit The Purge and its sequel The Purge: Anarchy arrived in back-to-back years, many thought that producer Jason Blum's Blumhouse would crank out a sequel every year, much like his lucrative Paranormal Activity franchise. Fans got a break from the franchisein 2015, but now it's back and more timely than ever this summer with The Purge: Election Year, hitting theaters July 1. Today we have the second trailer for this thriller, along with a new poster and photo that teases this year's "annual Purge" could be the most deadly yet, while mirroring our own election year.
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. 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. If you notice a familiar theme in the poster and trailer that has been prevalent in this year's political campaigns, that's not a coincidence. Writer-director James DeMonaco teased last month that this was inspired by this year's Presidential candidates like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, with the director saying that there is a "representation" of each candidate prevalent in the movie.
Once again returning to collaborate with franchise creator James DeMonaco on The Purge 3 are the series' producers. The director is joined by 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 supporting cast for The Purge: Election Year includes Mykelti Williamson, Ethan Phillips, Edwin Hodge, Terry Serpico, Kyle Secor, Kimberly Howe, Joseph Julian Soria and Stephanie Ann Saunders.
The Purge: Election Year is set to hit theaters July 1, going up against Disney's The BFG, Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan and Sony's The Shallows. 2013's The Purge earned $89.3 million worldwide from just a $3 million budget, while 2014's The Purge: Election Year earned $111.9 million from a $9 million production budget. The Purge: Election Year was produced under a $10 million budget, so we'll have to wait and see if it can out-gross its predecessors. Take a look at the new trailer, poster and photo below, to get ready for the annual Purge this summer.