EXCLUSIVE: Betty Gabriel, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor, JJ Soria, Mykelti Williamson and Elizabeth Mitchell have joined the cast of Universal/Blumhouse’s The Purge 3, the latest installment in the microbudget horror series that has been minting money for all parties. The third pic will reveal the next chapter of the 12 hours of government-sanctioned anarchy in which murder is legal and nobody can help you if you’re stuck outside. Writer-director James DeMonaco is back for a third go-round, and Frank Grillo already is set to return to star.
Universal has set a July 1 release date, and the movie is near a shooting start in Rhode Island.
The first two Purge films had a combined budget of $12 million and together have grossed $200 million worldwide, sealing a deal for a third pic back in October after the second one, The Purge: Anarchy, surpassed the original film’s $91 million worldwide gross on its way to $110 million. Sébastien K. Lemercier, Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing again. This is part of Blumhouse’s big first-look deal at Uni.
No character descriptions were gleaned.
Gabriel (Experimenter) is next up opposite Grillo and Bojana Novakovic in the feature Beyond Skyline and is repped by Greene & Associates and Generate, Hodge (Chicago Fire) is repped by Pakula/King & Associates and The Priluck Company, Soria (American Crime) is repped by Pakula/King and David Dean Management, Secor (Resurrection) is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment, Mitchell (Lost) is repped by Paradigm and LINK Entertainment, and Williamson (Justified) is repped by Paradigm.