Deadline reports that The Purge 3 has expanded its cast by six: Betty Gabriel, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor, JJ Soria, Mykelti Williamson and Elizabeth Mitchell have joined the cast of Universal/Blumhouse’s The Purge 3, the latest installment in the microbudget horror series.
Last month it was confirmed that Frank Grillo will return as Sergeant in the third film in the series. According to the man himself, the third film will be taking a peak at his back story, something he revealed to Collider:
“You get to see where he (Sergeant) came from, his origin, how this has affected him, and what he does to make some changes about it. He was involved in law enforcement at a high level, and he gets involved with somebody else who’s also politically charged, and they go after the system. It’s really interesting. It’s like a really good old school B-movie, like Death Wish, or one of those Clint Eastwood westerns. It’s that kind of thing.”
He also expressed his excitement for the new script:
“The script is genius! I love these movies. I wasn’t a big fan of the first one, but when [James] DeMonaco sent me the second script and asked me if I wanted to do it, I said, ‘Yes, I love this movie!’”
Before giving another tiny hint at what we can expect:
“Well, they had money for the second one, so they could do it. And the third one is better than that. It’s political. It’s really great. I’m excited to go do it.”
“The Purge” franchise creator James DeMonaco is back to write and direct the latest sequel. Jason Blum is producing along with Sebastien Lemercier and Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller through their Platinum Dunes banner.
While no plot details have yet been announced, casting Grillo indicates the third film will be a direct sequel to The Purge: Anarchy. Producer Jason Blum said earlier this year that things would be changed up a bit in the third film:
“We never retread. It’s gonna be awesome! You just wait. And it’s gonna be new. It’s gonna be different.”
In September The Purge: Anarchy actor Michael K. Williams said he will “most definitely” be back as Carmelo Jones, who Williams claims was “set up” by the authorities.
Both Purge films were made on a combined budget of just $12 million, yet have grossed over $200 million in worldwide box office sales.
The third Purge film has been confirmed for a US release date of July 1st 2016. The UK will follow shortly after.