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The next generation of Gladiators emerges from the shadows of the past

Lucius has grown up remembering the legacy of the great Gladiator, Maximus. Many years after his death, Lucius undertakes his own epic quest and journeys to understand his destiny.

What to know

Ridley Scott returns to direct the Gladiator sequel led by Paul Mescal and Denzel Washington

Gladiator 2 is an upcoming historical drama epic produced by Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Scott Free Productions, and Red Wagon Entertainment. The movie is a sequel to Gladiator and is directed by Ridley Scott, the filmmaker behind the original movie. Gladiator 2 is written by David Scarpa who wrote the screenplay for two other Ridley Scott movies, Napoleon and All the Money in the World.

Gladiator 2 is led by Paul Mescal in the role of Lucius. Mescal is known for his roles in God’s Creatures and Aftersun. He is joined in the cast by the multi-award-winning actor Denzel Washington who stars as a wealthy arms trader who used to be a slave. Danish actress Connie Nielsen returns to play Lucilla, having starred in the role in the original movie. Derek Jacobi also reprises his role from Gladiator and is portraying Senator Gracchus. Djimon Hounsou is another actor who returns to his role, playing Juba. Joseph Quinn, Fred Hechinger, Pedro Pascal, May Calamawy, Lior Raz, Peter Mensah, and Matt Lucas are all in the cast.

Production News

  • September 11, 2003
    • It was confirmed by filmmaker Ridley Scott that the script for the movie was completed and that the movie was aiming for a 2005 release date. The movie is reported to be about the character Lucius from the original movie. (Source: IGN)
  • December 11, 2005
    • With the acquisition of Dream Works by Paramount Pictures, work on the Gladiator sequel was halted. (Source: CBS News)
  • November 1, 2018
    • After long years of silence around the project, it is reported that Ridley Scott is once again moving forward with the sequel. (Source: Collider)
  • September 29, 2021
    • Filmmaker Ridley Scott confirmed that Gladiator 2 would be ready to go after his next film Napoleon. (Source: Empire)
  • November 12, 2021
    • Screenwriter David Scarpa is confirmed to have already written the script for the movie. (Source: Deadline)
  • January 6, 2023
    • Paul Mescal is the first actor cast in the movie. He was reportedly chosen after Ridley Scott saw the actor in Normal People. (Source: Deadline)
  • March 17, 2023
    • Hollywood icon Denzel Washington is reunited with Ridley Scott after the pair worked together on American Gangster. (Source: Deadline)
  • April 28, 2023
    • Connie Nielsen is confirmed to be returning to the role of Lucilla for the sequel. Joseph Quinn is also cast in the movie as Emperor Caracalla. (Source: Deadline)
  • May 1, 2023
    • Pedro Pascal is reported to have joined the cast in an undisclosed role. (Source: Deadline)
  • July 14, 2023
    • Filming on the movie was brought to a halt by the SAG-AFTRA strike. (Source: The Wrap)
  • December 5, 2023
    • Production on the movie is reported to have been resumed with filming continuing in Malta. (Source: Variety)
  • January 19, 2024
    • Lead star Paul Mescal confirms that the movie has finished filming. (Source: ScreenRant)


Action & Adventure, Drama

Production country

United Kingdom, United States


Ridley Scott


Paul Mescal
Fred Hechinger
Emperor Geta
Denzel Washington
Connie Nielsen
Pedro Pascal
Justin Martialis
Joseph Quinn
Emperor Caracalla
May Calamawy
Lior Raz
Derek Jacobi
Peter Mensah
Matt Lucas
Alexander Karim