Deadline is reporting that William Baldwin is the latest name to join the cast of the television series adaptation of The Purge at USA Network and SyFy.
The premise of The Purge franchise is set in near future America where once a year there is a twelve hour period where all crime, including the most insane acts of murder, are legal. The television series comes from franchise creator James DeMonaco, Blumhouse Television and Universal Cable Productions. There’s been a trilogy of films released already, with a fourth set to come out this summer. The original starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, making over $89m worldwide on a $3m budget. While the original was a contained thriller, its sequel Purge: Anarchy, went city wide and was more action orientated starring Frank Grillo, making over $111m worldwide on a $9m budget. The last installment, Purge: Election Year, seen Frank Grillo reprise his role from Anarchy and star alongside Elizabeth Mitchell, making over $118m worldwide on a $10m budget.
William Baldwin (whose recent credits include Maximum Impact and MacGyver) will be playing the role of Don Ryker, the Managing Partner at Jane’s investment firm, and her boss. Handsome, confident, and powerful, Don leads his team with alacrity and intelligence. He appears to be a big Jane supporter but in fact, may be standing in the way of her career advancement. Don also harbours a Purge night secret.
Platinum Dunes and DeMonaco’s longtime producing partner Sebastien K. Lemercier will serve as executive producers on the series. Thomas Kelly will also executive produce as well as serve as a showrunner for the series. William Baldwin will be starring alongside Gabriel Chavarria, Jessica Garza, Amanda Warren, Colin Woodell, Lili Simmons, Hannah Emily Anderson and Lee Tergesen.