Universal Pictures released the first trailer for “The Purge: Election Year” this morning, this will be the third installment to the popular thriller franchise.

The franchise has been an incredible hit for Universal, reaching $200M globally at the box-office, while operating on a low-cost budget for the first two films. “The Purge: Election Year” reveals the next terrifying chapter that occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great.

The studio teases the next installment stating, “It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.”

Collaborating on the new film is franchise creator James DeMonaco, Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious and Ouija series, The Visit), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) produced the project along with Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).

James DeMonaco wrote and directed the third film, which will star Elizabeth Mitchell, Frank Grillo and Mykelti Williamson .