‘Gladiator’ Sequel Adds May Calamawy, Fred Hechinger

Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator” sequel has rounded out its forged with the additions of May Calamawy (“Moon Knight,” “Ramy”), Peter Mensah (“Avatar”) and Matt Lucas (“Wonka,” “Bridesmaids”), in addition to legacy forged member Derek Jacobi, who will reprise his function from the 2000 blockbuster.

“Kraven the Hunter” and “The White Lotus” star Fred Hechinger is now in talks to tackle the function of Emperor Geta, after Oscar nominee Barry Keoghan dropped out of negotiations as a result of a scheduling battle.

The new additions be a part of a star-studded forged, led by Oscar nominee Paul Mescal and two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, with “Stranger Things” breakout Joseph Quinn set to play Emperor Caracalla and Pedro Pascal in ultimate negotiations for an undisclosed function.

Plots particulars for the movie, which Paramount has dated the movie for Nov. 22, 2024, are largely being stored underneath wraps.

“Gladiator” was a large vital and industrial hit, grossing $460 million on the field workplace and profitable 5 Academy Awards, together with finest image. The movie starred Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius, a Roman soldier compelled into slavery who vows revenge in opposition to Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). Since Maximus dies on the finish of “Gladiator,” the sequel is targeted on Lucius (Mescal), the son of Maximus’ love Lucilla, performed by Connie Nielsen, who additionally reprises her function within the sequel. Jacobi performed Gracchus.

David Scarpa is penning the script for the sequel, which Scott will direct and produce with Michael Pruss by way of Scott Free, in addition to Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher by way of Red Wagon Entertainment and David Franzoni. Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Raymond Kirk and Aidan Elliott are government producing. Also getting back from the unique movie are cinematographer John Mathieson, manufacturing designer Arthur Max and costume designer Janty Yates.

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