'The Purge' Sequel Adds 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Sparkle' Actors (Exclusive)
The sequel to Universal and Blumhouse's The Purge has added Boardwalk Empire actor Michael K. Williams, Sparkle star Carmen Ejogo, Friday Night Lights actor Zach Gilford and A Perfect Getaway actress Kiele Sanchez to its cast.
The sequel, which will hit theaters on Friday, June 20, 2014, will see the return of writer-director James DeMonaco. It was recently announced that Frank Grillo will star.
Returning alongside writer-director-producer DeMonaco and Jason Blum to produce the next chapter of the thriller are Sebastien Lemercier and Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes.
The sequel should reside in a similar setting to the original, where, once a year, there's a 12-hour period when all crime is allowed and condoned.
When The Purge, made on a budget of $3 million, opened in theaters in June, it earned a stunning $34 million in its debut, setting a new record for original R-rated horror (that record was later broken by The Conjuring). The Ethan Hawke-starrer went on to earn $89.3 million worldwide.
Williams is known for his roles as Omar Little on HBO's The Wire and Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire. His recent film credits include 12 Years a Slave and the upcoming Robocop pic. He's repped by ICM Partners and Imperium 7 Talent Agency.
Ejogo's most recent projects include actioner Alex Cross and musical drama Sparkle. She's repped by ICM Partners and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.
Gilford, who starred as Matt Saracen on TV's Friday Night Lights, has more recently appeared on The Mob Doctor and feature film The Last Stand. He's repped by WME and Circle of Confusion.
Sanchez's other film roles include Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, and she's appeared on several TV series, including The Glades, Samantha Who? and Lost. She's repped by ICM Partners, Industry Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman.