Ridley Scott’s Gladiator sequel has taken quite a while to come together since the original was released in 2000, but now a promising casting update has arrived.
Leading Gladiator 2 will be Paul Mescal, according to a report from Deadline. The 26-year-old Irish actor is best known for his roles in Aftersun and Normal people, the latter of which earned him an Emmy nomination. Instead of taking place before the first film and keeping Maximus in the spotlight, Mescal will play Lucius, the son of Connie Nelson’s Lucilla.
Scott will once again direct Gladiator 2, which does not yet have an official title. It is expected to be the director’s next project, as he has just finished Napoleon with Joaquin Phoenix (who also starred in the original Gladiator). While a sequel has been hinted at for more than a decade, the current iteration began to become a reality in 2018 after Paramount came on board to help develop the project.
The script for the film was written by David Scarpa. Producer Gladiator the sequel will be Scott and Scott Free President Michael Pruss along with Red Wagon Entertainment’s Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher. Universal also has the right to participate in the project once it is packaged, as they co-produced the original with DreamWorks. Other returning team from the original film are costume designer Janty Yates and production designer Arthur Max.