‘The Purge 2’ Snaps Up Four New Cast Members

By December 18, 2013

The Purge

It looks like the team behind The Purge 2 are really pushing to get the sequel to this summer’s surprise hit moving right along – if only to better capitalize on audience interest and to provide the masses with a snappy sequel next summer (and maybe to pick up those tax incentives we mentioned earlier?).

THR reports that the James DeMonaco film has picked up not one, not two, not even three new cast members to join the recently-cast Frank Grillo, but four – and you may even recognize a few of them.

Michael K. Williams

First up, a pair of male television stars from beloved properties. Michael K. Williams, star of both The Wire and Boardwalk Empire will join Zach Gilford, best known for his work on Friday Night Lights, in the film. Also joining the film are two lovely ladies who have starred in less well-known film properties, including Carmen Ejogo (Sparkle) and Kiele Sanchez (A Perfect Getaway). As of now, none of their exact roles have been disclosed, but we’re willing to bet at least two of them get paired up in a couple (does this matter? Probably not, but we’re desperate for insights here).

Details on the plot of the film are being kept under wraps, but we do know that it’s set in the same universe where all crime is legal for a single, annual 12-hour period (that’s, you know, that eponymous purge). While the first film primarily focused on one family’s experience during the purge, keeping the action house-bound, here’s hoping that this new film expands out, giving us a deeper look at what happens on the streets during the lawless half-day.

The Purge 2 will hit theaters on June 20, 2014. Prepare your best masks.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.