Russell Crowe, who played Maximus Decimus Meridius in the iconic Ridley Scott Gladiator, talks about his involvement in the upcoming Gladiator Seqeuel, Starring the Oscar Nominee Paul Mescal.
Gladiator 2, a Sequel to the famous Ridley Scott 2000 film of the same name, should start production in 2023. The plot will take place around 25 years after the first chapter’s conclusion and will center on Lucius Verus, Lucilla’s (Connie Nielsen) younger son and nephew of Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus, who was portrayed at the time by Spencer Treat Clark but who will now be portrayed by Paul Mescal.
However, many moviegoers were curious to find out if Maximus, the lead character in the original movie portrayed by Russell Crowe, would make a comeback—possibly in spiritual form straight from the Elysian fields. But the Oscar-winning actor, Who was a guest on the Fitzy & Wippa podcast, disappointed the fans by telling them he wouldn’t appear in the follow-up.
“Yeah we’ve had dinner and talked about it and all that stuff. So I know roughly how he’s shaping the story. But yeah, if you remember, there was a young kid who wanted to beat the Gladiator, which leads to the ‘My name is’ speech. So that young kid has grown up, and he’s now the Emperor. I don’t know what else happens at that point, so that’s the idea. So it’s not a remake. And it’s not a direct sequel. It’s not like the day after, you know, 30 years later or something.”
Gladiator 2 Filming
Gladiator 2 filming is anticipated to start in May 2023, and Scott’s Napoleon is expected to open in theatres in a little more than five months. Ridley Scott will helm the Gladiator sequel, which will have Dariusz Wolski serving as the director of photography.
Every Upcoming Russell Crowe Project
In addition to his appearance in the Aaron Taylor-Johnson-starring Sony Spider-Man Universe movie Kraven the Hunter, he will also be seen in several notable projects. This covers the movies Land of Bad and The Pope’s Exorcist, as well as the forthcoming biography of Rothko.