Universal sets date for ‘Purge’

Thriller set for May 31 domestic release

On the heels of what should be a busy Memorial Day frame next year, Universal has dated social thriller “The Purge” for a May 31 domestic release.

“The Purge,” about a failing America where one night every year crime of any kind is permissible, currently has the post-Memorial Day date to itself. The film, however, will have to compete with the holiday’s holdovers, including “The Hangover Part 3” and “Fast and Furious 6.”

Directed by James DeMonaco, “The Purge” stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) as a married couple, who fight to keep their family safe during the 12-hour crime spree. Jason Blum produced, along with Platinum Dunes’ partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, as well as Sebastien Kurt Lemercier.

“Purge” marks the third release for Universal next May, after laffer “About Time” and “Fast.”

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