Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey Begin The Purge for Universal

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Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey Begin The Purge for UniversalWith the Thanksgiving holiday a mere memory, we’re sure there was a lot of purging going on recently by people who are obsessed with their weight, but alas, all of those bodily fluids combined couldn’t mount up to the horror of Universal’s The Purge.

According to THR, the Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey thriller The Purge will open in theaters May 31, 2013.

Universal is financing and releasing the micro-budgeted film per its deal with Jason Blum, who produced The Purge with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. Written and directed by James DeMonaco, the movie is set in an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons. Every year the government sanctions a 24-hour period during which any and all criminal activity — including murder — is legal.

When an intruder breaks into the gated community where James Sandin (Hawke) lives, he sets off a sequence of events that threatens to tear Sandin’s family apart as they try to survive the night without turning into the monsters from which they hide.

Producers are Blum, Bay, and Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller and Andrew Form as well as Sebastien Kurt Lemercier. More as it comes.

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