Paramount’s Gladiator sequel just got even more star-studded with the addition of Pedro Pascal. The “Mandalorian” and “Last of Us” star is in final negotiations to join the cast, which already includes Denzel Washington, Paul Mescal, Barry Keoghan, and Connie Nielsen, with Joseph Quinn in talks to join.
This won’t be the first time Washington and Pascal have worked together, having previously starred in “The Equalizer 2” where Pascal played the antagonist that Robert McCall (Washington) only got to kill once.
The details of Pascal’s role in the sequel are being kept under wraps, as well as Washington’s. However, Keoghan is rumored to play Emperor Geta, and Quinn is in talks to play Emperor Caracalla.
The sequel will focus on Lucius (Mescal), the son of Lucilla (Nielsen, who is reprising her role from the original), as the original film’s protagonist Maximus (Russell Crowe) dies at the end of “Gladiator.” The movie will be directed by Ridley Scott, who also directed the first movie, with David Scarpa penning the script.
“Gladiator” was a massive success, earning $460 million at the box office and winning five of its twelve Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. The original film’s cinematographer John Mathieson, production designer Arthur Max, and costume designer Janty Yates are all returning for the sequel.
The movie is set to be released on November 22, 2024. Deadline was the first to report Pascal’s potential involvement in the movie. Pascal is represented by CAA, Relevant, and Kimberly Jaime at Jackoway Austen.
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