UPDATE: Barry Keoghan and Denzel Washington in Talks for ‘Gladiator’ Sequel

UPDATE: Barry Keoghan and Denzel Washington in Talks for ‘Gladiator’ Sequel

Ridley Scott isn’t exhibiting any indicators of slowing down. The Oscar-nominated director behind Gladiator is now prepping the sequel to the 2000 Finest Image winner. The film, now within the casting phases, could also be Barry Keoghan for a key position.


UPDATE: Since first posting the information, Deadline has reported that Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington can also be on the dock to affix the challenge. Apparently, Washington was initially skeptical (as will many viewers when the advertising begins), however after studying the scripts, fell in love with the half and shortly had a gathering with Scott. Display screen Geek, who posted the news concurrently Deadline, added that Washington shall be taking part in a former fighter.



In response to The Hollywood Reporter, Keoghan is the following on the checklist after Paul Mescal joined the movie because the lead again in January. Keoghan’s half could be Emperor Geta, a real-life Roman emperor, regardless of the movie not being primarily based on actual occasions. Scott shall be directing, with the movie aiming to shoot this yr for a late 2024 launch date. The challenge is without doubt one of the buzziest on the town in the mean time, with expertise companies throwing their finest folks within the ring.


Barry Keoghan is at present coming in sizzling following a Finest Supporting Actor nomination on the Oscars, and a win on the BAFTAs in that very same class final month. In addition to his scene-stealing position in The Banshees of Inisherin, which earned him the aforementioned accolades, Keoghan was additionally seen final yr in Matt Reeves’ Batman, the place he had a two-minute cameo as The Joker, teasing his potential future involvement in that Elseworlds sub-franchise. He’s additionally identified for Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Choé Zhao’s Eternals.


Mescal, who was additionally nominated on the ninety fifth Academy Awards (for Finest Actor, in his case), shall be taking part in Lucius, son of Connie Nielsen’s Lucilla and nephew of Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus within the first movie. The timeline of the brand new story is unsure, however we assume that 20-ish years might have handed because the occasions of the primary movie, very like in actual life. Story particulars are sparse at this level; Scott co-wrote the script with All The Cash within the World‘s David Scarpa, who additionally wrote the upcoming Napoleon, starring Joaquin Phoenix because the title French emperor.


Paramount is producing the untitled Gladiator sequel, with Common, which backed the unique movie, having the choice to affix as co-producer as soon as the movie is packaged. Will probably be launched in theaters on November 22, 2024.