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Frank Grillo takes the lead for horror sequel The Purge 2

Dec. 11, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Rising star Frank Grillo has taken the lead in writer/director James DeMonaco's THE PURGE 2, which is set to go into production shortly. DeMonaco is once again at the helm of the sequel, which follows on the massive success of this year's THE PURGE, which starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey and made a worldwide cume of $90 million from a $3 million budget. So, yeah, not rocket science in seeing there would be a sequel there.

Grillo has been slowly on the rise with some outstanding performances in both Joe Carnahan's THE GREY and Gavin O'Connor's WARRIOR (as well as last month's HOMEFRONT), although the role that will most likely push him over the top is that of Brock Rumlow/Crossbones in the upcoming sequel CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. With THE PURGE 2 following just two months after the Marvel sequel's release I think it's a safe bet that Grillo will be able to capitalize on Cap's publicity and ride the wave to success with THE PURGE sequel. Any way you slice it, you're gettin' more Grillo in 2014.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER opens on April 04, 2014 and THE PURGE 2 is set for release on June 20, 2014

Extra Tidbit: I'll say it until I'm blue in the face, but my dream Marvel project for Grillo would be as Frank Castle/The Punisher for director Joe Carnahan. It'll be difficult to do now that he's locked into Crossbones, but then again, look at Chris Evans. I'll keep my pipe dream alive, though.
Source: Deadline

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8:10AM on 12/12/2013

This sucks

the first movie was complete and total shit. I don't know why Ethan Hawke agreed to do it in the first place. Frank Grillo would be awesome in the once proposed Death Wish remake, and I agree with the other poster who said he would be a good Punisher as well.
the first movie was complete and total shit. I don't know why Ethan Hawke agreed to do it in the first place. Frank Grillo would be awesome in the once proposed Death Wish remake, and I agree with the other poster who said he would be a good Punisher as well.
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1:25AM on 12/12/2013
The first had so much potential but ruined it. Hopefully the sequel takes the premise and creates the movie that the first should have been.
The first had so much potential but ruined it. Hopefully the sequel takes the premise and creates the movie that the first should have been.
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1:20AM on 12/12/2013

the Purge may have been genius

i still don't get this movie. i mean it was like really bad. it was so full of cliches. then the end... i don't want to spoil anything, but it just... there's no way they couldn't have realized how bad it was while making it. it's like, mystery science theater levels of cheesy. that had to be on purpose right? i mean, i don't know if they were trying to be serious or if this movie was just a giant troll.
i still don't get this movie. i mean it was like really bad. it was so full of cliches. then the end... i don't want to spoil anything, but it just... there's no way they couldn't have realized how bad it was while making it. it's like, mystery science theater levels of cheesy. that had to be on purpose right? i mean, i don't know if they were trying to be serious or if this movie was just a giant troll.
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12:09AM on 12/12/2013
Maybe in the sequel, Frank Grillo gets to go "Punisher" on all the criminals after all, since he is allowed to commit ANY crime during the Purge (even vigilantism)?
Maybe in the sequel, Frank Grillo gets to go "Punisher" on all the criminals after all, since he is allowed to commit ANY crime during the Purge (even vigilantism)?
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11:51PM on 12/11/2013
I absolutely despised the first film. I probably will wait to DVD for the sequel or not watch it at all.
I absolutely despised the first film. I probably will wait to DVD for the sequel or not watch it at all.
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11:35PM on 12/11/2013
The purge 1 was unwatchable...I absolutely hated everything about it! I have hate in my heart for this film!! it did not deserve the success it had at the box office
The purge 1 was unwatchable...I absolutely hated everything about it! I have hate in my heart for this film!! it did not deserve the success it had at the box office
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10:20PM on 12/11/2013
I thought the first film was mediocre at best with alot dumb actions by the characters. Having Grillo as the lead is a great start for the sequel. Hopefully this sequel will have a better story with some smarter characters this time around.
I thought the first film was mediocre at best with alot dumb actions by the characters. Having Grillo as the lead is a great start for the sequel. Hopefully this sequel will have a better story with some smarter characters this time around.
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8:52PM on 12/11/2013
I never thought of him as The Punisher but I think that's going to be my pipe dream as well.
I never thought of him as The Punisher but I think that's going to be my pipe dream as well.
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10:17PM on 12/11/2013
Even though I would love to see Thomas Jane back in the role, I think Frank Grillo or Joe Manganiello would make for terrific Punishers.
Even though I would love to see Thomas Jane back in the role, I think Frank Grillo or Joe Manganiello would make for terrific Punishers.