Gladiator sequel gets an official release date 24 years after the first film hit the theatres. The upcoming sequel to the 2000 movie Gladiator is set to release on November 22, 2024, as reported by Variety. It was also noted in an announcement from Paramount Pictures that Normal People star Paul Mescal is in the final talks to lead the film.
The yet-to-be-titled sequel will be produced by Scott, Michael Pruss, and Doug Wick of Red Wagon Entertainment. Russell Crowe starred as Maximus Decimus Meridius in the film. The actor portrayed a soldier from Rome who was forced into slavery but vowed vindication against Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix.
However, Russell’s Maximus died at the end of Gladiator. There’s the possibility that Mescal’s character would play Lucius, the son of Maximus’ lover Lucilla, who was played by Connie Nielsen, in the new instalment. Meanwhile, Paul’s character, who was played by Spencer Treat Clark in the original was also the nephew of evil Commodus aka Joaquin Phoenix. The release date confirmation comes just a few days after it was reported that the film will begin shooting in May with filming locations already selected for Ouarzazate, Morocco.
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While the other details of the film are yet to be revealed, the sequel will reportedly revolve around Lucius Verus, the son of Roman Empress Lucilla and the nephew of Commodus, who Maximus saved from his uncle in the first film. However, the epic 2000 film, Gladiator follows a former Roman General who sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.