The Purge is one of those rare horror franchise that has shown a noticeable uptick from the intermittently effective first film to the thrilling second installment, The Purge: Anarchy. This was owed in no small part to the appearance of Frank Grillo, the reliable B-movie action star who we will next see as the deadly Crossbones in Captain America: Civil War. So, there’s a mild kind of anticipation for The Purge: Election Year, the third, and far more ambitious, volume in the horror series, which just got its first trailer with Grillo up front, alongside longtime actress Elizabeth Mitchell as Senator Roan, who wants to end The Purge. You might also notice that Justified axiom Mykelti Williamson has joined the cast as a shop owner who matches up with Grillo’s Sergeant. Take a look at what they’ll be facing in the trailer, which you can take a look at right below:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Purge: Election Year:
Expanding the universe introduced in the hit franchise that electrified the culture and earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Election Year reveals the next terrifying chapter that occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great.
It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
Once again returning to collaborate with franchise creator James DeMonaco on The Purge: Election Year are the series’ producers: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious and Ouija series, The Visit), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and writer/director DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).