Stranger Things breakout star Joseph Quinn and The Mandalorian and The Last of Us‘s Pedro Pascal have both joined the untitled Gladiator sequel from filmmaker Ridley Scott.

The Paramount project is a sequel to the 2001 Oscar-winning epic that followed Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe), a former Roman general who became the victim of a coup by Caesar Marcus Aurelius’ son, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). Maximus is stripped of his ran, sold into slavery and forced to fight as a gladiator, all while Commodus orders the execution of Maximus’ wife and child. Fuelled by vengeance, Maximus quickly rises to become one of Rome’s fiercest and most famous gladiators, becoming a symbol of hope for Rome’s persecuted citizens.

Quinn and Pascal would join Paul Mescal, who will lead the movie, as well as Denzel Washington, Djimon Hounsou and Barry Keoghan. Connie Nielsen is set to return as Lucilla, the sister of Commodus.

The film will reportedly centre on Mescal’s Lucius, the son of Lucilla. Joseph Quinn will star as Roman Emperor Caracalla, and it’s not yet known who Pascal may play.

David Scarpa, who worked with Ridley Scott on All The Money In the World as well as their upcoming Napoleon movie, is penning the script. 

The Gladiator sequel is set to be released on the 22nd November 2024.

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