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Ridley Scott’s ‘Gladiator II’ Trailer Sees Paul Mescal Take On Pedro Pascal in Sequel

The epic first trailer for Gladiator II features Paul Mescal clashing with Pedro Pascal, facing off against a rhino, and confronting a Colosseum full of sharks!

Prepare to return to the grandeur of the colosseum as Paramount Pictures releases the official trailer for Ridley Scott’s Gladiator II, featuring Paul Mescal in the role of a grown-up Lucius. This highly anticipated sequel is set to hit theaters in November.

The new trailer offers us a glimpse into Ridley Scott’s continuation of his epic 2000 Oscar-winning masterpiece with Paul Mescal taking on the mantle previously held by Russell Crowe. In the original Gladiator film, Lucius, then a child, is the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and the nephew of Commodus, the antagonist played by Joaquin Phoenix.

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Image Credit: Scott Free/Paramount Pictures

The sequel takes place years later, Lucius lives in Numidia, a northern African region where his mother sent him as a child, away from the Roman Empire’s reach. Fate brings Lucius back to Rome, where he becomes embroiled in the harsh arena of gladiators. There, he encounters new challenges, including Roman general Acacius, played by Pedro Pascal, while also reuniting with his mother, Lucilla.

Additionally, the trailer sees Denzel Washington as Macrinus, a former slave who has risen to become a prominent merchant and arms dealer. Fred Hechinger takes on the role of Emperor Caracalla, while Connie Nielsen reprises her character Lucilla, Lucius’ mother from the original film. Joseph Quinn portrays Emperor Gata, Caracalla’s brother, rounding out the ensemble cast.

Image Credit: Scott Free/Paramount Pictures

The official synopsis reads, From legendary director Ridley Scott, Gladiator II continues the epic saga of power, intrigue, and vengeance set in Ancient Rome. Years after witnessing the death of the revered hero Maximus at the hands of his uncle, Lucius (Mescal) is forced to enter the Colosseum after his home is conquered by the tyrannical Emperors who now lead Rome with an iron fist. With rage in his heart and the future of the Empire at stake, Lucius must look to his past to find strength and honor to return the glory of Rome to its people.

Gladiator II arrives in theaters on November 22, 2024. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the original Gladiator streaming now on Paramount+. Stay tuned for more updates on Gladiator II as they become available.

Watch the trailer for ‘Gladiator II’

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