U.S. Release Date: 7/1/16
The Purge is going political – something that marks a departure from the first two movies in the horror-thriller franchise.
Both stories centered around regular citizens depsrately trying to surive the annual 12 hours when murder and mayhem is completely legal, while the upcoming The Purge: Election Year shows us the power people.
“What if people in our government were trying to force us to tear each other apart and destroy those within the most vulnerable strata of society?” ponders James De Monaco, who has written and directed all three movies. “Would I fall victim to this, or would I fight the machine itself?”
De Monaco banged out the script back in 2014, so it’s sheer luck that The Purge: Election Year hits theatres a few months shy of the upcoming US Presidential Election.
“The film doesn’t draw on any particular candidate, but with the wildness of this election cycle, it’s understandable to draw that conclusion.”
Elizabeth Mitchell – previously seen on TV’s Lost – plays Senator Charlene Roan – the only official fighting against government sanctioned murder. Well aware that the annual ritual gobbles up the poor and pumps lifeblood into the rich, Roan – herself a Purge survivor – has done everything possible to stop the Purge – a stance that has made her very unpopular with the political big wigs.
Frank Grillo reprises his role as Leo Barnes, who, in the The Purge: Anarchy, almost committed an act of revenge. This time around, Barnes heads up Roan’s security detail and protects the senator during her grab for the White House.
“As someone who almost purged, Leo has seen the belly of the beast and how The Purge is destroying lives and the country,” says DeMonaco. “He will do whatever it takes to get the senator into the White House, where she can abolish The Purge for good.”
As for Roan herself, DeMonica wanted the senator tough and fearless.
“She’s so willing to give absolutely everything to win,” Mitchell says. “Leo and Roan are both truly driven by loss. Her entire existence has been dedicated to getting rid of this one thing. That’s what she’s based her life on, and that’s what makes her so brave.”
Sebastian Lemercier, DeMonaco’s producing partner, says The Purge: Election Year transports the audience into the minds of the political leaders who rule this universe. The results of their decisions are coming straight to their doorsteps.”
Producer Jason Blum – who has shepherded the previous two Purge movies to the screen – says it was important for DeMoncaco to open up the franchise’s vision.
“As the writer/director of this entire series, James understands not only every single element of the unique story he’s telling, but just how all the parts move on a production of this size. He does a great job of allowing each movie to stand on its own while weaving central themes and characters to bridge a narrative between the films.”
Studio: Universal Pictures
Writer / Director: James DeMonaco
Stars: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Edwin Hodge, Betty Gabriel and Joseph Julian Soria
Producers: Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller and Sebastian K. Lemercier
Executive Producers: Luc Etienne, Jeanette Volturno and Couper Samuelson
Image Info: Photo Credit: Michele K. Short. Copyright: © 2016 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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