For years, Frank Grillo has proven to be a strong supporting player in film and television, most recently/notably as Brock Rumlow a.k.a. Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While he is set to reprise that role (and don his proper Crossbones costume) in the much anticipated 2016 release, Captain America: Civil War, Grillo joined another hit franchise last year with The Purge: Anarchy.
The sequel to 2013 horror/thriller hit The Purge, Anarchy features Grillo as an off-duty police sergeant who gets swept up in the nation's one night of consequence-free crime. The Purge: Anarchy may not have quite lived up to its predecessor (read our review), but Grillo proved himself a credible leading man. So fans of that film (and the Purge franchise in general) will be especially pleased with the latest update on the in-development third Purge installment.
According to Variety, Grillo is set to return for The Purge 3, which is set to hit theaters in summer 2016. James DeMonaco - who created the franchise - will write and direct the third Purge movie, with production due to begin in September 2015. Grillo was reportedly almost unable to join the project due to scheduling conflicts with his DirecTV series Kingdom, though these have now been worked out.
As further confirmation, the actor himself shared news of his return on Twitter (see below):
Frank Grillo to Return for ‘Purge 3′ (EXCLUSIVE) via @variety
— frank grillo (@FrankGrillo) August 3, 2015
Considering that The Purge: Anarchy took in $110 million worldwide on a production budget of just $9 million, another Purge film is a no-brainer for Universal. Moreover, securing the return of Grillo - who's hotter than ever right now, career-wise, what with his ongoing role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - will only help The Purge franchise continue to draw in audiences.
Horror franchises have a tendency to slip in later installments; there's a fair chance a prequel about the first Purge will likely happen at some point, but for now it makes sense to capitalize on the audience goodwill and continue moving forward with the series' narrative (as thin as that may be, in this case). If that means bring back fan-favorite actors like Grillo, that's even better.
Of course, if you're a fan of Grillo, but not a fan of the Purge franchise, you'll soon be able to see the actor in Beyond Skyline with Iko Uwais (The Raid: Redemption) as well as Akiva Goldsman drama Stephanie in the next year or so. And again, Grillo will also be back to his evil-doing ways in the MCU, sooner rather than later, when Civil War breaks out.
The Purge 3 is scheduled to reach theaters on July 1st, 2016.