Gladiator 2 Casts Paul Mescal in Ridley Scott Sequel

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Ridley Scott is readying his long-gestating Gladiator sequel, with Regular Individuals star Paul Mescal in negotiations for the movie’s lead position.

The Paramount undertaking is ready to be a follow-up to Scott’s finest picture-winning 2000 function, which adopted Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe), a former normal who’s pressured into being a typical gladiator beneath the rule of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), a patricidal self-appointed Emperor of Rome.

In response to earlier report, the sequel’s story will heart on Lucius, the son of Lucilla, performed by Connie Nielsen, and the nephew of Phoenix’s Commodus.

David Scarpa, who labored with Scott on All The Cash Within the World and the duo’s upcoming Napoleon Bonaparte film, is penning the script. Scott will even produce with Michael Pruss through Scott Free, and Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher through Purple Wagon Leisure.

Gladiator was a co-production with Common, with that studio now having the choice to co-produce the sequel as soon as the undertaking is packaged. On the time of the discharge, Gladiator grossed $460 million on the field workplace and earned eleven Oscar nominations, profitable 5 statutes, together with finest image and finest actor for Crowe.

Heading into the sequel, Scott is coming off of directing Napoleon, reuniting with Phoenix enjoying the famed French Emporer with Vanessa Kirby enjoying Empress Josephine.

Gladiator marks a signifigant milestone for Mescal, who first broke out within the Hulu collection Regular Individuals, incomes a BAFTA award and an Emmy nomination for his position. Gladiator 2 can be Mescal’s first time main a significant studio manufacturing. After Regular Individuals, the actor landed roles in a string of competition stand-outs, together with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Misplaced Daughter and Charlotte Wells’ Cannes entry Aftersun.

Mescal is repped by CAA and Curtis Brown.

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