Deadline is reporting that Amanda Wallen and Colin Woodell will be joining the cast of the television series adaptation of The Purge at USA Network and SyFy.
The premise of The Purge franchise is set in near future America where once a year there is a twelve hour period where all crime, including the most insane acts of murder, are legal. The television series comes from franchise creator James DeMonaco, Blumhouse Television and Universal Cable Productions. There’s been a trilogy of films released already, with a fourth set to come out this summer. The original starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, making over $89m worldwide on a $3m budget. While the original was a contained thriller, its sequel Purge: Anarchy, went city wide and was more action orientated starring Frank Grillo, making over $111m worldwide on a $9m budget. The last installment, Purge: Election Year, seen Frank Grillo reprise his role from Anarchy and star alongside Elizabeth Mitchell, making over $118m worldwide on a $10m budget.
Amanda Warren (whose credits include Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Roman J. Israel Esq.) will be playing the role of Jane, a dedicated and hardworking finance professional who is convinced that she’s hit an insurmountable glass ceiling at her firm, so she hires a Purge-assassin. Colin Woodell (whose credits include Designated Survivor and Unsane) will be playing the role of Rick. After a lifetime of bootstrapping, he finally is climbing the social ladder. But currying favor with the pro-Purge elite presents unexpected challenges to his marriage, as he and his wife must agree on what moral price they’ll pay to achieve the American dream.
Platinum Dunes and DeMonaco’s longtime producing partner Sebastien K. Lemercier will serve as executive producers on the series. Thomas Kelly will also executive produce as well as serve as a showrunner for the series. Warren and Woodell join recently cast Gabriel Chavarria and Jessica Garza.