Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey to Headline THE PURGE

Stars headlining low budget thriller.

Ethan Hawke, most recently seen in the horror thriller ‘Sinister,’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Dredd’ star Lena Headey are to topline ‘The Purge,’ a “speculative thriller” helmed by writer/director James DeMonaco (‘Staten Island’). Rhys Wakefield (‘Sanctum’), Max Burkholder (‘Parenthood’) and Adelaide Kane (‘After the Fall’) co-star.

The official synopsis for the feature, formerly titled ‘Vigilandia,’ is as follows:

“If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In ‘The Purge,’ a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.”

Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (‘Paranormal Activity,’ ‘Insidious,’ ‘Sinister’), Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (‘The Amityville Horror,’ ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’) and Sébastien Kurt Lemercier (‘Assault on Precinct 13’) are producing.