Denzel Washington and the Oscar-nominated actor for the spirits of the island (The Banshees of Inisherin), Barry Keoghan, are in talks to join the cast of the sequel to Gladiatorfrom Paramount, which has Ridley Scott as director and Paul Mescal as star.
The new film will follow in the footsteps of the first and will seek the blockbuster of 2,000 Gladiatora film that grossed more than $460 million worldwide and was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, winning five, including Best Picture.
Washington is a name that goes around, as reported by Varietyand if his role in the sequel to Gladiatorhe would team up with Scott again after that American gangsterof 2007. And the two-time Oscar winner would be working with new Oscar nominees Paul Mescal and Barry Keoghan, whose participation in the Paramount film was just confirmed.
Paramount has set the film for a November 22, 2024 release.
David Scarpa is writing the script for the sequel, which Scott will direct and executive produce with Michael Pruss, via Scott Free. Keoghan is supposed to play Emperor Geta, all this if he takes the deal. Mescal was nominated for an Oscar this year for independent film after sunin which he composes the estranged father of a girl who spends an unforgettable summer with her.
Keoghan is coming off a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for the spirits of the islandset in 1920. It can also be seen in salt burningby Emerald Fennell, opposite Jacob Elordi, and is currently filming a film by Trey Edward Shults, with Jenna Ortega and The Weeknd.
While the island of spirits It was one of the most nominated films at the Oscars 2023, after the ceremony held last Sunday in Los Angeles, finally the excellent black comedy directed by Martin McDonagh has become the unexpected “great nerd of the night”.
Either way, this production, which was competing in nine Oscar categories, will be streamed on Star+, so for those who haven’t seen it, it’s a good show, especially for the hilarious performances from Colin Farrell and Brian Gleeson .
This will happen on March 22, when the Irish film will already be uploaded to the platform. The production hit local theaters earlier this year and despite landing as a trump card at the Oscars, it came up empty handed.
The perspective of doing gladiator 2 it was complicated by the fact that the titular gladiator character, Maximus Decimus Meridius, played by Russell Crowe, died at the end of the original film. According to Crowe, there was an idea to solve that problem. “They take Maximus out of the stadium and remove a big rock and put him in a cave, and then the rock closes up and they anoint him with oils. The rock opens up and he comes out.”
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