Gladiator Sequel Is Reportedly: Casting for the planned Gladiator sequel by Sir Ridley Scott is said to be moving forward. The 85-year-old director has been working on a sequel to his epic film “Maximum Overdrive,” which came out in 2000 and starred Russell Crowe as a former Roman general who became a slave and wanted revenge.
A new report from Puck News says that movie bosses are now looking for the lead actors. Scott said before that the script was done, but he was busy finding time to get the project going. Last month, there were rumors that the new movie would be about Lucius, the nephew of the tyrant Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix, and who was saved by Maximus in the first movie.
Connie Nielsen, who played Lucius’s mother, Lucilla, and Djimon Hounsou, who played a man who was taken from his home by slave traders and sold as a slave, are said to be coming back. Scott said in 2021 that he would make a sequel to Gladiator as soon as he finished working on Napoleon.
Napoleon, which stars Phoenix as the French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte, is set to come out later this year on Apple TV Plus. Scott told Empire magazine, “The next Gladiator is already being written. So when I’m done with Napoleon, Gladiator will be ready to go.’
The director said that he didn’t do much research before making the first movie. He told The Independent, “People ask, “What did you do research on for the Roman Empire?” “Nothing,” I said. I looked at some pictures and thought, “This should work.”
Going to an outstanding art school was the most important thing I ever did for my career. And that’s what I’ve eaten my whole life. “I didn’t go to a film school. So I’ll look at a few pictures and see how things have changed up here. And that’s how I work “.
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The first movie did so well that it was nominated for 11 Oscars and won five, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell, whose character died too soon at the end of the movie. Russell said he almost said no to Gladiator, but when producer Walter Parkes told him Scott would be in charge, he was interested enough to start talking.
In 2020, he told Variety, “When I read the script, I didn’t think it was a movie. But then Parkes told him, “It’s 184 A.D., you’re a Roman general, and Ridley Scott is going to direct you.” And that was enough to make me want to talk to Ridley.’
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