February 4, 2023

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You know him from Ordinary People. Now he will be the star of “The Gladiator”. Directed by Ridley Scott

It really is happening! Ridley Scott is getting close to filming Gladiator 2. We just found out that Paul Mescal will be its star.

Gladiator 2: Will Paul Mescal replace Russell Crowe?

The Russell Crowe sequel will be produced and directed by Ridley Scott, creator of the first Gladiator movie. Also associated with the project are Janty Yates (costumes) and Arthur Max (set designer), who worked on the original.

The author of the latest draft of the screenplay is David Scarpa, with whom Ridley Scott worked on this year’s show “Napoleon” and the previous film “All the Money in the World.”

Plot details are unknown. However, we know it won’t be the story of Maximus, originally played by Russell Crowe (Nick Cave dreamed of his return years ago). The hero of “Gladiator 2” will be Lucius, the grandson of Marcus Aurelius, son of Lucilla and nephew of the evil Commodus. In the epilogue of “The Gladiator” he is saved from death by Maximus.

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“Ordinary people”, “Predators” – who is Paul Mescal

Paul Mescal is currently negotiating contract details. According to Deadline, the actor was one of the first people to audition for the role of adult Lucious. It happened back in November. And while Scott would later date other actors, it was clear to everyone that Mescal was a perfect fit for the role and that he had a real artistic chemistry with the director.

Paul Mescal was born in Ireland. She is 26 years old. When he was growing up, it seemed like he was going to become a soccer player. He gave up his sports career after the injury. He started his acting career in theater boards at the age of 16.

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His first appearance in front of the cameras was as Connell in the TV series Ordinary People. His performance earned him critical and fan acclaim and a whole host of awards. His debut was in the movie “Daughter” in 2021. Last year, he won the hearts of critics and viewers with his role in the movie “Aftersun”.

Trailer for the movie “The Gladiator”