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Russell Crowe He is one of the most famous actors in the history of Hollywood, and wrestler is one of his most remembered roles. The Ridley Scott movie has become an undisputed classic, and almost 25 years after its release, it will finally have a sequel but with a new star.

One of the actors for now, Paul Mescal will be in charge of leading the cast of this new project that also includes performances by Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Fred Hechinger, Joseph Quinn and May Calamawy. They will be joined by returning stars Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacoby and Djimon Hounsou. Oscar nominee Barry Keoghan was also set to star in the film, but had to turn down the role due to scheduling conflicts.

in Gladiator 2Mescal will play Lucius, who in the original film was played by Spencer Treat Clark and is the son of Lucilla (Nielsen), nephew of evil Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) and grandson of the late Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris). In the first movie, Lucius admired Crowe’s character, Maximus, but in the sequel, it’ll be up to him to become the hero. The story focuses on an adult Lucius who carries on the legacy of Maximus in an empire destroyed by his uncle’s tyranny.

Plus the amazing cast and the tragic story of Maximus, which is one of the biggest features wrestler It was the phenomenal production and the amazing sets provided by Scott, that looks even more impressive in the sequel.

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Why is Russell Crowe jealous of Gladiator 2?

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At a recent presentation at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival (via ScreenDaily) Crowe spoke about the long-awaited sequel and admitted he’s a little jealous of the great show they’re putting on:

“I admit to a certain kind of jealousy, because it reminds me not only of my youth, but of what it means to me in my life. It was her time for a few seconds. I don’t know anything about the cast or the plot—well, I won’t, because I’m dead— [but] Whoever is involved in that movie, if Ridley decides to do a sequel to that story, they’ll have really strong reasons. It’s typical for Ridley to rethink everything he’s done and figure out how to make it better. I can’t think of this movie being anything less than absolutely amazing when it comes out.”

While he didn’t seem to mind answering questions about the sequel, the actor also joked about how much he’s asked about the project despite not being a part of it:

“They should be royalty paying me for the amount of questions you asked me about a movie I wasn’t in. It had nothing to do with me. In this world, I’m dead. Six feet under.”

Gladiator 2 It is currently in production and is scheduled to hit theaters on November 22, 2024.


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