Ridley Scott is getting back in the colosseum.
We have known for a little while now that the seasoned director was set to helm the long-awaited follow-up to the 2000 classic. What wasn’t know, however, is how much longer we would have to wait to see the film with our own eyes. Now, we finally have a release date.
According to Deadline, the currently untitled project will hit theaters November 22, 2024.
Paul Mescal, who is nominated for Best Actor for his work in last year’s Aftersun, is set to star in the film. Per the outlet:
“He’s playing Lucius, the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen), who now is a grown man as the story takes place years after the first film ended. Lucius also was the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), the son of Roman leader Marcus Aurelius, who murdered his father seized the throne. Commodus wound up in the gladiator ring with Maximus — who, though mortally wounded, skewered the emperor before fading into the great beyond to reunite with his slain wife and son. Maximus saved the boy and his mother while avenging his own family, and left a strong impression on the young Lucius.”
David Scarpa, who previously wrote Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, has penned the script.
What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to checking out this movie? Does Gladiator even need a sequel, especially after so many years since the original? Sound off in the comments below to let us and the rest of the movie-loving world know your thoughts!