The new Gladiator II sequel trailer recently dropped.

July 10, 2024 – Gladiator, the original movie from 2000, has been called a masterpiece and is considered to be one of Hollywood’s classics. So fans, have been eagerly waiting for years, for the sequel. The Ridley Scott epic drama picks up years later after the death of Maximus Meridus a former general, played by Oscar-winner Russell Crowe.

Here is what we know so far:

Luscius is the focus of the film and is played by actor Paul Mescal. Rounding out the cast are Connie Nielson (Lucilla), Pedro Pascal (Marcus Acacius), Joseph Quinn (Emperor Geta), Fred Hechinger (Emperor Caracalla), and Denzel Washington as Macrinus. 

The epic saga continues in ancient Rome with Luscius, Maximus’ son, with Lucilla. Luscius must now take up the helm to fight for victory and he looks to his past to survive in his present world.

Gladiator 2 was written by David Scarpa and in part with Peter Craig and is directed by Ridley Scott. The film was produced and distributed by Paramount and Universal.

Luscius

He is also the grandson of former Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, whom Maximus served under while he was a general.

In the trailers, Luscius can be seen reflecting on a time when as a child he saw a similar Maximus, who was his hero – fighting as a gladiator in the Roman Colosseum. 

Now Luscius finds himself in a similar role of vengeance after his home was conquered by Roman Emperors and he, in turn, is forced to fight in the arena.

Washington as Macrinus, is a former Roman slave who becomes a wealthy merchant. 

Gladiator 2 Ridley Scott – Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe Connection

Scott reunites with Washington, after directing him and Russell Crowe in the critically acclaimed movie, American Gangster. 

Ridley’s Scott late Brother, Tony Scott, who was a director and producer, frequently collaborated with Denzel Washington. The duo created box office hits Man on Fire, Crimson Tide, Deja Vu, and more.

Ridley Scott has worked with Russell Crowe in several films as well. Ridley is famously known for the blockbusters Aliens, Blade Runner, and Gladiator.

Fan Reaction

Fans have already begun expressing their feedback on social media about the trailers, script, and music to accompany the film. The trailers so far have been met with mixed reviews. 

Gladiator ll is expected to be in theaters on November 22, 2024.

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Published by HOLR Magazine

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