‘Gladiator II’ Officially Wrapped & Still On Track For 2024 Release Date
— 22 January 2024

‘Gladiator II’ Officially Wrapped & Still On Track For 2024 Release Date

— 22 January 2024
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

Leading man Paul Mescal has twice confirmed that Gladiator 2 has completed filming with the sequel now steadily cruising towards its originally scheduled release date — despite all the Hollywood strike-induced delays.

“I survived it… Somebody’s going to assassinate me if I say anything further,” Mescal joked during his latest appearance on The Graham Norton Show.

Elsewhere, he shared a selfie of himself alongside director Ridley Scott captioned: “The End.” (see: below.)

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From behind-the-scenes footage of a siege battle to talk of an onscreen clash between leading man Paul Mescal and baboons, we’ve developed some idea of what to expect in terms of plot.

As per the official logline, it’ll follow Mescal’s adult Lucius Vera — son of Lucilla (Connie Nielson) and nephew of the villainous Emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) — who is inspired by the actions of Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe).

Gladiator 2 completes filmingGladiator 2 release date: November 22nd, 2024

During an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Ridley Scott provided some further insight regarding how Gladiator 2 fits within his ongoing mythology.

“[Lucius] has been in the wilderness for — let’s see, last time when he was 12 — say about 12/15 years later, he’s been out in the wilderness having lost touch with his mother,” revealed the celebrated filmmaker of AlienBlade Runner, and Napoleon fame.

“His mother has lost touch with him. She doesn’t know where he is. She thinks he might be dead.”

Gladiator 2 release date - Paul Mescal as Lucius

This certainly explains why Paul Mescal has gotten so ripped despite earlier reports indicating that he wouldn’t be stepping into the Colosseum.

It also explains why he’d ever been in a position to fight baboons; something Scott chose to include having been haunted by a video of the primates attacking tourists in Johannesburg (“Baboons are carnivores. Can you hang from that roof for two hours by your left leg? No! A baboon can.”).

Prior to this, Ridley Scott teased the nature of Denzel Washington’s role in Gladiator 2.

Gladiator 2 completes filmingGladiator 2 release date: November 22nd, 2024

“As for Denzel’s character… There were businesses of gladiators who could indeed earn their freedom if they stayed alive. That was the deal. So we went right into that, in-depth,” he explained in an issue of Total Film magazine.

“Where did he come from? How was he taken? He was branded with marks and registered with a brand on his chest as a slave. So that’s how he comes into the story.”

“He’s a rich guy who’s still carrying a grudge.”

Scott, who reunited with Hollywood’s most consistent star 16 years after their first collaboration in American Gangster (which incidentally co-starred Russell Crowe), added: “I respect Denzel Washington tremendously. I shouldn’t call Denzel a golden oldie — he’d f***ing kill me — but he’s gold dust.”

Paul Mescal, Denzel Washington, and Connie Nielson have been joined by a star-studded cast featuring Joseph Quinn as co-emperor Caracalla, Fred Hechinger (replacing Barry Keoghan) as co-emperor Geta; along with Pedro Pascal, May Calamawy, Lior Raz, Peter Mensah, and Matt Lucas.

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Djimon Hounsou and Derek Jacobi have also reprised their roles as former gladiator Juba and Senator Gracchus, respectively.

The forthcoming historical epic also hailed the return of costume designer Janty Yates and production designer Arthur Max; as well as reuniting Scott with two other seasoned collaborators: director of photography Dariusz Wolski and screenwriter David Scarpa (All The Money In The WorldNapoleon).

Gladiator 2 release date: November 22nd, 2024 (the weekend before Thanksgiving).

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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