The First Purge is an upcoming American dystopian action horror film directed by Gerard McMurray and written by James DeMonaco. It is a prequel to 2013’s The Purge and is the fourth installment in The Purge franchise. The film stars Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, and Marisa Tomei. It is scheduled to be released on July 4, 2018 by Universal Pictures.
The First Purge has a self-explanatory title, as this prequel is said to explore the very first experimental Purge Night, where the NFFA (New Founding Fathers of America) flex their political muscles and introduce the 12 hours of violent amnesty, where nothing – including murder – is illegal. This immediately separates it from all previous films in the franchise, as they all took place when the night was a seasoned annual event. The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year had a overriding arc revolving around Frank Grillo’s Leo Barnes, where the NFFA were seemingly ousted from power at the climax. At the very least, the latest film will strip the concept back to the beginning and see how the Purge affects people with no warning of the deadly time-period.