‘The First Purge’ Full Trailer and New Poster: The Story Behind the Annual Day of Lawlessness

The first 30 seconds of the new The First Purge trailer features clips from the previous Purge films. The remaining two minutes shows how the annual bloodbath began and reveals that even the first Purge had soldiers disguised as citizens murdering innocent civilians.

Universal Pictures also released a new theatrical poster with the tagline: “A Nation Reborn.”

The First Purge stars Y’Lan Noel (The Hustle), Lex Scott Davis (Training Day the series), Joivan Wade (EastEnders), Luna Lauren Velez (How to Get Away with Murder), and Marisa Tomei (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Empire). The thriller is set to open in theaters on July 4, 2018.

Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands) directs from a script by James DeMonaco. DeMonaco is the writer/director of 2013’s The Purge, 2014’s The Purge: Anarchy, and 2016’s The Purge: Election Year. Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (the Insidious film series, the Paranormal Activity film franchise, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series), and DeMonaco’s producing partner Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) produced The Purge prequel. Steve Molen, Jeanette Volturno, and Couper Samuelson are the executive producers.

The Plot: Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

The First Purge Poster
New poster for the horror film ‘The First Purge’ (Photo Credit: Universal Pictures)