The Purge: Election Year is an upcoming 2016 American social science fiction action horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco, a sequel to 2014 film The Purge: Anarchy and a third installment in The Purge series. The film stars Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Betty Gabriel, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor, Joseph Julian Soria and Liza Colón-Zayas. The film is set to be released on July 1, 2016.
In 2025, two years after choosing not to kill Warren Grass, the man who killed his son in a drunk-driving accident, police sergeant Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) becomes head of security for Senator Charlene Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge after losing her family to sadistic murderers on Purge night 15 years earlier in 2010. The government secretly opposes Roan’s campaign against the Purge, and plot against her to keep her from destroying the Purge. On the night of what could be the final Purge, a betrayal from within the government at the hands of the New Founding Fathers of America forces Barnes and Senator Roan out onto the street where they must fight to survive the night, and come across a group of anti-Purge rebels that support Senator Roan’s campaign.
In August 2014, Jason Blum, who produced the Purge films, announced that a third installment was in the works. Blum speculated that the third film might be a prequel, focusing on the Revolutionaries and the first purge. On October 6, it was announced that James DeMonaco would be back to write and direct the third film, while producers Sebastian Lemercier, Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller would also be back. On August 3, 2015, it was announced that Frank Grillo would be returning for the sequel to play Sergeant. On September 10, 2015, more cast was announced, which included Betty Gabriel, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor, Joseph Julian Soria, Mykelti Williamson, and Elizabeth Mitchell