Blumhouse Production’s thriller sequel The Purge 2 is set to hit theaters in just about six months, so it’s a good thing they’ve landed their lead actor in Frank Grillo (Warrior). One benefit of the production company’s propensity toward micro-budget pictures is the potential for big gains on the risk of only a small amount of loss; another is the speed with which a picture can be shot, edited and prepped for release. Writer-director James DeMonaco (The Purge) is returning to write/produce/direct the sequel, so his learning curve should be non-existent. The first film starred Ethan Hawke as a security system designer bent on protecting his family during the one night a year when all emergency services are shut down and criminals of all sorts run unchecked. Hit the jump for why Grillo is probably the last guy you want to mess with.
Deadline reports that Grillo will lead The Purge 2, but no plot details are available at this moment. Presumably, the sequel will be just as stripped down and contained as the original, especially considering the planned June 20, 2014 release date. If Grillo’s character is cast in the same vein as Hawke’s, then I almost feel sorry for whoever breaks into that house. He’s been in the acting game for a while, but a pair of 2011 films put him on people’s radar. In Warrior, he played a very competent fighting trainer, and in The Grey, he survived the wolves and the wild right alongside Liam “Glass-Knuckle” Neeson. He recently appeared in the Jason Statham-starrer, Homefront, and will move up to a massive stage with next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which he stars as Brock Rumlow, aka Crossbones.