Gladiator 2: Ridley Scott Moving Forward with Sequel to Russell Crowe Epic

Scott received an Oscar nomination for directing the original film.

Ridley Scott is planning a sequel to his Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, which hit theaters 18 years ago. According to Deadline, Scott wants to direct the sequel with a script from Peter Craig, who co-wrote the final two Hunger Games films and the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick.

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Due to the original film’s ending, Russell Crowe will not be back to star as Maximus Decimus Meridius, his Oscar-winning role. Instead, the new film will reportedly focus on Lucius, the son of Lucilla, who was played by Connie Nielsen.

There is no word yet on a release date or any casting news. Lucius was originally played by Spencer Treat Clark, who has since appeared on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD as Alexander Braun/Werner von Strucker. The original film grossed over £460 million worldwide and won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Scott was nominated for Best Director but did not win.

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