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Last year, it was revealed that Blumhouse and Universal Pictures were moving forward with a fourth Purge film, and now the title, synopsis, and first teaser poster (featuring a real-life similarity) for the movie have been revealed.

A prequel set before the events of the first film in the franchise, The First Purge will explore what happened on the first night in America where all crime—including murder—was legal for a 12-hour period. Featuring the early days of the New Founding Fathers of America, the movie is fittingly scheduled to hit theaters on the United States' Independence Day, July 4th, 2018.

Directed by Gerard McMurray from a screenplay by James DeMonaco, The First Purge stars Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, and Marisa Tomei. Read on for the official synopsis and teaser poster, which features a similar style to apparel displayed on the most recent US presidential campaign trail:

Press Release: 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.

Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns alongside the producers of this worldwide phenomenon: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).

The First Purge is directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), working from a screenplay once again written by DeMonaco. www.thefirstpurge.com

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