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The Purge writer-director James DeMonaco and producers Jason Blum and Michael Bay are all set to return for the sequel, but so far none of the original’s stars — which included Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey — are set to return. Instead, the filmmakers have been putting together a whole new cast, starting with Frank Grillo in the lead role last week.

This week, Grillo is joined by four more who didn’t appear in the last film: Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Kiele Sanchez (A Perfect Getaway), and Carmen Ejogo (Sparkle). More about the horror sequel after the jump.

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Sparkle remakes the 1976 film of the same name that was a fictionalized story of a Motown girl group inspired by the Supremes. But the reason most people will be paying attention to the film now is that it features the final screen appearance of the late Whitney Huston. The singer plays mom to three sisters (Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) who take to the stage to make their fortune as singers. It seems like Huston mostly plays a supporting role, with a few big scenes here and there, and the just-released trailer for Sparkle doesn’t try to make the film out to be hers alone.

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