'The Walking Dead' star Sabrina Gennarino former joins cast of 'The Purge'
Known for her role as Tamiel on 'The Walking Dead,' Gennarino will be joining the likes of Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, and Jessica Garza on the show.
Syfy and USA Network's TV series based on hit horror/dystopian franchise 'The Purge' is continuing to take shape, with Sabrina Gennarino the latest addition to the cast. The 40-year-old actress, best known for her role as Tamiel in AMC's post-apocalyptic zombie drama 'The Walking Dead,' will join the show as Madelyn, though details on the character remain unclear.
Speaking of her landing the role, Gennarino told the Hollywood Reporter, "I feel incredibly grateful to be a part of this television series. The films of The Purge franchise are a tremendous success, and it is an honor to now be a part of the series with such an amazing and talented cast and crew."
Besides 'The Walking Dead,' Gennarino has also acted in movies alongside the likes of Nicholas Cage in 'Left Behind,' Tom Cruise in 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,' and other television series such as 'NCIS: New Orleans,' 'Criminal Minds,' and 'The Sopranos.' She also has writing, producing, and directing credits to her name from 'The Hypocritic Oath' and 'After.'
Gennarino will be joining Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Jessica Garza, Amanda Warren, Collin Woodell, and Hannah Emily Anderson on the show. William Baldwin and Fiona Dourif have also been cast in recurring roles.
The TV series comes from the mind of James DeMonaco, who was the creator behind the movie franchise as well. It will follow a similar premise of the USA set in a dystopian world where one day a year, all crime, including vandalism, murder, theft, and arson is legal for 12 hours.
A possible plotline for the series will involve dealing with how the New Founding Fathers were voted into power after overthrowing the U.S government during an economic collapse and social unrest and how they ratified the 28th Amendment of the U.S Constitution and devised the idea for a purge.
DeMonaco had previously revealed that the show will follow "four what-seem-to-be separate storylines of people going out in the evening and experiencing the Purge."
He also expressed his appreciation at working for a project meant for the small screen. "The real estate of the 10 hours of the TV allows us to use flashback, where we flashback out of the Purge world, into the regular lives, the non-Purge days, of this future America," he said.
"We get to see who these people are when it's not Purge Night and the events that led them to where they are on the particular Purge Night that we are following. I think it's a great device," he added.
The 10-episode first season of 'The Purge,' written and executive produced by DeMonaco is scheduled to premiere on the USA Network and Syfy on Tuesday, September 4 at 10/9c. Emmy and Golden Globe-winning director Anthony Hemingway (The People v. OJ Simpson, True Blood, Shameless) will direct the first episode. Thomas Kelly will serve as showrunner/executive producer.'
Watch the official comic-con trailer for 'The Purge' here: