Paul Mescal and Denzel Washington don their togas in the first trailer for Ridley Scott‘s long-coming sequel movie, Gladiator 2.

Starring Mescal, Washington, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn (looking very sickly) and Connie Nielsen, the film is director Scott’s follow-up to his Oscar-loaded, 2000 epic Gladiator that starred Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix.

Set several decades after the events of the first movie in ancient Rome, Gladiator II centers on Lucius (Mescal) — the grandson of former Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius and now the grown-up son of Emperor Commodus — who resides with his family in Numidia. After ending up in slavery following an invasion led by Roman general Marcus Acacius, Lucius follows the inspiration of Maximus (played by Crowe in the original Gladiator) and competes as a gladiator.

Paramount debuted footage from the sequel at CinemaCon earlier this year, where Scott said of the new film: “It is possibly even more extraordinary than the first.” From the impressive set pieces and action glimpsed in the trailer, we’re tempted to believe him.

The trailer, in an inspired choice, is set to Kanye West (now Ye) and Jay-Z’s “No Church in the Wild”.

Gladiator 2 will be released by Paramount Pictures in cinemas from November 22nd. Watch it below:

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