Nearly two decades after their collaboration on the hit crime drama “American Gangster”, Denzel Washington is reportedly close to sealing a deal to work with director Ridley Scott once more. This time, it’s for the much-anticipated sequel to the iconic film “Gladiator”, as reported by Deadline.
Fans of the original will recall Scott’s 2000 cinematic masterpiece that introduced us to the tragic tale of Maximus Decimus Meridius. Russell Crowe immortalised this character—a former general turned gladiator, fighting against Joaquin Phoenix’s self-appointed Roman Emperor, Commodus.
Early buzz suggests the sequel will shine a spotlight on Lucius, son of Maximus’ love, Lucilla, portrayed earlier by Connie Nielsen. Alongside Washington, Paul Mescal is lined up to star as Lucius, with Barry Keoghan in talks for the role of Emperor Geta. As of now, the specifics of Washington’s role remain under wraps.
Behind the scenes, the sequel boasts a stellar team. Scott takes the directorial reins, guiding a script penned by David Scarpa. Additionally, several creative minds from the first film, including cinematographer John Mathieson and designers Arthur Max and Janty Yates, will reprise their roles.
Mark your calendars: Paramount aims to roll out this epic on November 22, 2024. Stay with us for more updates on casting, plot twists, and release schedules.
On another note, if dark comedy piques your interest, don’t miss Netflix and A24’s newly unveiled trailer for “BEEF”.
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