Gladiator 2: Denzel Washington Kidnaps Maximus, Joined by Barry Keogan and Paul Mescal


Gladiator II

In Gladiator 2, Barry Keogan has joined the cast of heroes alongside teammate Paul Mescal, who also received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role in "Aftersun (2022)" at the 2023 competition. However, due to Mescal's prior professional commitments, filming was delayed for several months, as he announced during the 76th BAFTA Awards ceremonies. In the upcoming movie, Denzel Washington will kidnap Maximus.

Further details about the plot of Gladiator 2 have been kept under wraps, but it has been confirmed that Denzel Washington will play a major role as the antagonist who kidnaps Maximus, portrayed by Russell Crowe in the first Gladiator film.

The addition of Barry Keogan to the cast is expected to bring more depth and complexity to the characters and storyline, as he is known for his versatile acting skills and ability to bring nuance to his roles.

Fans of the original Gladiator movie are eagerly anticipating the release of the sequel, which is being directed by Ridley Scott and is set to hit theaters in late 2024. With a star-studded cast and a talented director at the helm, Gladiator 2 is sure to be an epic and unforgettable cinematic experience.


One of the landmarks of world cinema is Ridley Scott's 2000 film "The Gladiator," which is celebrated for its creativity and its ability to recreate the atmosphere of ancient Rome. At a time when critics believed that films about warriors in ancient Rome had already reached their peak with movies like "Ben-Hur" (1959) and "Spartacus" (1960), "The Gladiator" managed to stand out.

The film tells the fictional story of Maximus, portrayed by Australian actor Russell Crowe, a Roman general who falls victim to a coup d'état by the son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix. Stripped of his rank, Maximus becomes a gladiator slave in Rome, while Commodus orders the execution of Maximus' wife and child. Using his combat training and military experience, Maximus rises through the ranks of Rome's fiercest gladiators, becoming a symbol of hope for Rome's persecuted citizens and deciding to confront Emperor Commodus.

"The Gladiator" was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won five, including Best Picture. It was also a massive success at the box office, grossing over half a billion dollars despite having a production cost of no more than $100 million.

While the original film ended with a decisive duel between Maximus and the new emperor, Ridley Scott recently revealed that there was more to the story, and a sequel is currently in development. Fans of "The Gladiator" are eagerly anticipating the next chapter in this epic saga.

Denzel Washington:

In a surprising move, Ridley Scott has chosen to transfer the lead role to Paul Mescal in the upcoming "Gladiator 2". Mescal will play the nephew of the emperor, who initially admired his mother's brother but becomes fascinated with Maximus after seeing him fight in the famous Colosseum in Rome. The young man decides to give up his inheritance and pursue wrestling like Maximus.

The full version of the film is set to be released on February 24, 2024.

Denzel Washington, the American actor, has been cast in the role of Maximus, which was previously played by Russell Crowe, who was the hero of the original film. However, in the sequel, Maximus will have a supporting role played by Washington, according to the script.

This collaboration between Scott and Washington comes after nearly 16 years of working together on the critically acclaimed 2007 film "American Gangster", which starred Crowe, Idris Elba, and Josh Brolin.

Scott is no stranger to creating cinematic masterpieces, having directed successful films such as "Alien" (1979), "Blade Runner" (1982), "Thelma & Louise" (1991), and "Black Hawk Down" (2001).

David Scarpa, who previously collaborated with Scott as a writer on the 2017 film "All the Money in the World", has written the screenplay for "Gladiator 2".

The production team for the sequel includes several members who worked on the original film, including production designer Arthur Max, costume designer Janty Yates, and cinematographer Dariusz Wolski.