‘The Purge 3’ Brings Frank Grillo Back for More Purging
Following the huge success of The Purge and The Purge: Anarchy, a third installment in the franchise was a foregone conclusion. While Anarchy ditched the family from the first film and chose to focus on a new lead with Frank Grillo, the third film sees Grillo returning to reprise his role for another night of violent shenanigans.
Variety reports that Grillo will return for The Purge 3, reprising the role of Sergeant from Anarchy. The first two films take place in a not-too-distant future, as the government has mandated an annual “Purge Night,” during which time all Americans are free to commit violent crimes without repercussion. The Purge centered on a family headed by Lena Headey and Ethan Hawke, while The Purge: Anarchy followed Grillo’s character, a man who sets out for revenge on Purge Night only to find himself unwittingly drawn into protecting an unlucky group of people.
The sequel also introduced an elite club of upper-class people who stage elaborate executions on Purge Night — essentially blending the idea of the Hunting Club from the Hostel films with the world of The Purge.
There are currently no plot details or an official title for The Purge 3, though series creator James DeMonaco will once again write and direct for Blumhouse, Universal and Platinum Dunes.
Grillo recently wrapped filming on Captain America: Civil War, in which he’s set to reprise his role as Crossbones. Although previously believed to be the central villain of the sequel, Grillo’s short time on set indicates that Cap & Co. have bigger fish to fry.
The Purge 3 is set to hit theaters on July 1, 2016.