Ridley Scott’s sequel, Gladiator 2, starring Paul Mescal, is getting a pre-Thanksgiving 2024 release in theaters.
Gather the weapons and unleash the lions because Paramount is going back into the arena after giving Gladiator 2 a release date of November 22, 2024. Paul Mescal (Aftersun, Normal People, God’s Creatures) stars in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s action-drama, taking over the lead from Russell Crowe’s Maximus from the first film. Lucius is the son of Lucilla Nielsen (Connie Nielsen), and Mescal plays him. The story takes place many years after Maximus’s death in the original. Maximus saved Lucius and his mother from Commodus (Phoenix), Maximus’ uncle before he died. The event left an impression on Lucius, who aspires to be as formidable as Maximus as he braves a harsh world.
November 22 positions Gladiator 2 in a sweet spot ahead of the holiday rush. Although the sequel won’t clash with any major releases, things could (and often do) change. Scott Free is Scott’s director and producer. He is joined by Michael Pruss and Lucy Fisher from Red Wagon Entertainment. David Scarpa (The Man in High Castle, All the Money in the World, The Day the Earth Stood Still) is writing the script.
If you loved the elaborate costumes in Gladiator, you should know that Janty Yates is returning for the sequel alongside Production Designer Arthur Max. Deadline reports that Scott began meeting actors in November after Scarpa had completed the final draft. Scott met Mescal as one of his first actors. Word has it that he made quite an impression. Scott continued to meet with actors for the part. Sources close to the project claim Mescal was a lock right from the start. Since the original film was released, Scott has been wanting to make
Gladiator 20. Paramount was interested in developing the film but, as is the way in Hollywood, Gladiator entered development hell. The details of Scott’s Gladiator sequel are so intricate we made a video about all the gory dealings for the JoBlo Network.Will you make
Gladiator 2 a part of your Thanksgiving holiday theater plan? Do you think Mescal’s Lucius will be as memorable than Crowe’s Maximus? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.