Gladiator 2, Ridley Scott would have chosen the protagonist: who it is

Several times Ridley Scott has expressed his intention to make Gladiator 2 and now he would finally find the ideal star. The well-known magazine variety reported the indiscretion, according to which between the person concerned and the director they would have already reached the negotiations: that’s who it is.

Gladiator was a great success with audiences and critics. Landed in cinemas in 2000, the historical genre blockbuster weblog Ridley Scott it closed at the box office with over 457 million dollars, against a budget of 103 million. Even the critics have promoted the film with full marks, so much so that in the edition of Academy Awards 2001 took home five statuettes, including those for Best Film and Best Actor a Russell Crowe.

Russell Crowe in a scene from ” Gladiator ” , the film by Ridley Scott (JAAP BUITENDIJK / ANSA / PAL) – VelvetMag

Over the years following the release, also given the success achieved, Ridley Scott has repeatedly expressed his intention to make Gladiator 2. Finally, when the projects seemed to have faded, in September 2021 the director declared that he was in the pre-production phase of the highly anticipated sequel. And now, more than a year after that announcement, Scott would have found the protagonist of the film: let’s find out who it is.

Gladiator 2 is reality: Ridley Scott would have found the perfect star

Currently engaged in the processing of Napoleonwho will see Joaquin Phoenix – already Commodus neither Gladiator – in the role of the protagonist, Ridley Scott will take us once again to Ancient Rome. And he will do it with theeagerly awaited sequel. Based on what has been leaked so far, the feature film will be all about Luciusson of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen), saved by Maximus Decimo Meridio (Russell Crowe) from the ire of the emperor Commodus. The film will tell the events a few years after the first film and will show us a grown-up Lucio. variety revealed that Ridley Scott would have started auditioning different stars who could play the role of the protagonist and among the performers in contention, the one that seems to be already certain for now is Paul Mescal.

Paul Mescal at the 2021 LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles (EPA/NINA PROMMER) - VelvetMag
Paul Mescal arrives for the 2021 LACMA Art + Film Gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California, USA, 06 November 2021 (issued 07 November 2021). EPA/NINA PROMMER

Born in 1996, the Irish interpreter gained international fame thanks to the role of co-protagonist, Connell, in the acclaimed series Normal People. For his performance, he received several awards and nominations, being nominated for theEmmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television, ai Critics’ Choice Award and getting the BAFTA Television Award. Currently, the actor is in theaters – with limited distribution – with Aftersunacclaimed directorial debut of Charlotte Wells produced by MUBIlanded on the well-known video streaming platform il January 6, 2023. In short, if the indiscretion were to find confirmation, for Paul Mescal it would be the definitive affirmation as one of the fastest growing young stars, allowing him to leave the circuit of purely independent productions. Just think of the fact that Russell Crowe, for his performance, received the Oscar Prize as Best Actor.

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Gladiator 2, Ridley Scott would have chosen the protagonist: who it is

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