First Set Photos of Paul Mescal in ‘Gladiator II’ Leak Online

First Set Photos of Paul Mescal in 'Gladiator II' Leak Online

If we wanted to be frank, Gladiator II, when originally confirmed, was among the more unexpected sequels we got. It’s not that we did not want it… but there was a feeling that we did not want it 20+ years later and in a phase when Hollywood was scraping off the success of previous movies and franchises. Sure, the history of Roman gladiators is a rich one, but when Scott’s original film first aired, especially with what happened to the main character, no one really wanted a sequel more than two decades later. But, here we are… we’re back in Ancient Rome, and the movie is, if everything goes according to plan, going to come out on November 22, 2024, and will star Oscar-nominee Paul Mescal as Lucius Verus, a character from the first movie.

Now, no major news regarding the release has been confirmed in the meantime, but what we managed to get today are the first filming photos of Paul Mescal in full costume, which have leaked online, and we are going to bring them to you here! He does look good, but there’s very little space to fail with a gladiator costume really, so we’re still more focused on the final product than the costume at this moment.

Before we continue, we know you came here to see Paul Mescal, so we are going to show you Paul Mescal before we actually continue:

As stated, there’s very little space to fail with an Ancient Roman costume, and knowing that Ridley Scott does like his historical authenticity, we did not think that the costume would be a failure. Mescal seems great and if the whole movie really does turn out like these two behind-the-scene photos, then we might just get a decent enough sequel later this year. So, what do we know about Gladiator II?

As we’ve said, the movie is coming out later this year with Ridley Scott directing. The script was written by David Scarpa. The film will feature a star-filled ensemble cast consisting of Paul Mescal, Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn, Fred Hechinger, Connie Nielsen, and Derek Jacobi; Barry Keoghan was also initially attached to star but left the project due to scheduling conflicts. Lior Raz, Peter Mensah, Matt Lucas, May Calamawy, and Tim McInnerny have also been cast in undisclosed roles as of the time of writing.

The story will focus on Lucius Verus, a character introduced in the original film, where he was a supporting character portrayed by Spencer Treat Clark. We don’t know any details, but the story will be a continuation of the story started in the first movie. This is all we have at this point, but be sure to keep following us for more updates!

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