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Frank Grillo Steps Into a Lead Role With ‘The Purge’ Sequel

Long on memorable supporting roles but short on leads, Grillo finally lands one with sequel to surprise hit

Frank Grillo, who’s been steadily building his career of late with a series of high-profile supporting parts, is making his move into a lead role, booking Blumhouse Productions’ horror-thriller sequel to “The Purge,” an individual with knowledge of his deal told TheWrap.

James DeMonaco returns to direct – and will also write and produce — a second helping of the home-invasion what-if story. The first centered on Ethan Hawke, whose family’s home became a target on the one night of the year when the government shuts down law enforcement and lets the creeps and thugs do their thing.

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The 2012 original was a surprise hit for Universal, where Blumhouse’s Jason Blum has a first-look deal, making nearly $65 million domestic on a $3 million budget. The sequel is already dated for June 2014.

Grillo, repped by Management 360 and CAA, has been popping up in all kinds of memorable supporting roles, including as a trainer in “Warrior,” a supervisor cop in “End of Watch,” and a Marine in “Zero Dark Thirty.”

His next big appearance, in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” looks like a show-stealer – as Crossbones, the onetime S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who turns into a villain (beginning with a vicious elevator fight that was first showed at Comic-Con and played in full in front of “Thor: The Dark World” as part of an extended trailer).

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News of Grillo’s casting in the “Purge” sequel first appeared on Deadline.