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‘The Purge 2′ Recruits ‘Short Term 12′, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’ Stars

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The Purge 2I know exactly zero people excited or in any way interested about this year’s unnecessary sequel to 2013’s inexplicably profitable “The Purge” but that may well change once everyone hears of the cast assembled by producer Jason Blum and director and writer James DeMonaco.

There’s no Ethan Hawke this time around, and no equivalently overrated leading figure, instead the emphasis apparently being on an eclectic ensemble made of up-and-coming youngsters and wrongfully overlooked veterans.

Frank Grillo of “The Grey,” “Warrior” and “End of Watch” was the first guy recruited by Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures and is expected to headline the thriller/horror, with Keith Stanfield (“Short Term 12”), Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire) and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) reportedly hired to play second fiddle.

But there’s no way the three won’t shine equally as much, if not more than Grillo. Stanfield, for instance, has debuted on the big screen months ago, in “Short Term 12”, and is already this close to scoring an Oscar nom. Granted, not for acting, but co-writing an original song, “So You Know What It’s Like”, alongside director Destin Cretton.

And what can I say about “Chalky White” other than I so hope he scored the main baddie gig? As for Matt, the star quarterback of the Dillon Panthers, he deserves to get a big-screen break one of these days. For crying out loud, all other Friday Night Lights protagonists have had their chances.

Via [The Wrap]

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