Michael K. Williams (The Wire), Carmen Ejogo (Sparkle), Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights, Devil’s Due), and Kiele Sanchez (A Perfect Getaway) have been added to the cast for James DeMonaco’s upcoming sequel, The Purge 2.
It was recently announced that Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, End of Watch, The Grey, Warrior) has been cast as the lead character.
While no plot details have been released, Grillo is expected to be playing the same sort of character Ethan Hawke played in the first film, protecting his family from the violence that comes from the yearly Purge. Grillo is a good choice of tough guy actor, and should do a good job in the film.
However, with filming supposedly now underway, and with the film set for release on June 20th 2014, it doesn’t give DeMonaco a lot of time to make the low budget horror, suggesting that instead of taking the story to a much bigger scale, The Purge 2 will most likely be more of the same as we saw in the first film.
A short while ago there was news that the film had infact begun filming, and that the title of the film was The Zone, but this title is yet to be confirmed. It is likely that the sequel is already filming though, as Universal and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse production company were offered a $2.25 million tax credit by the state of California, with the condition filming starts before the end of the year.
DeMonaco will also write the sequel, with Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse, and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes also producing. Universal will distribute. No cast has been announced yet.
In the original film, The Purge was a 12 hour yearly event where people could vent their inner angers and do whatever they wanted, with no fear of consequences. The idea was brilliant, but the film was simply a home invasion movie with a story about morals, yet it could have been so much more. Hopefully the sequel will take note of some of the negative reviews and deliver the type of film we should have had in the first place, with much more extreme violence, and a larger scale event not just confined to one house.