Historical epic: Paul Mescal could become the new “Gladiator”.

Historical epic: Paul Mescal could become the new “Gladiator”.

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Paul Mescal could be the new “Gladiator”.

Paul Mescal was in for his role in "normal people" nominated for an Emmy.  Photo: Ian West/PA Wire/dpa

Paul Mescal was nominated for an Emmy for his role in Normal People. photo

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Actor Paul Mescal celebrated his breakthrough with the series “Normal People”. Now the Irishman could be the main actor in the planned sequel to “Gladiator”, according to US media reports.

Director Ridley Scott has found a possible leading actor for the planned sequel to his monumental film “Gladiator” (2000). The Irish actor Paul Mescal (26, “Woman in the Dark”, “Aftersun”) is in role negotiations with the team, the US industry journals “Variety” and “Deadline.com” reported. Mescal was nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in the relationship series “Normal People” (2020).

It had already become known in 2018 that the 85-year-old Brit Scott wanted to continue his award-winning historical epic. The screenplay is by David Scarpa, who previously wrote the scripts for Scott’s kidnapping thriller All the Money in the World and his ongoing project Napoleon.

Starred in the original film Russell Crowe the ex-general and celebrated gladiator Maximus, who kills his rival, the devious emperor’s son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), in a duel and ultimately dies himself. The blockbuster won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Crowe for Lead Actor.

The sequel is set to focus on Lucius, the now-adult son of Commodus’ sister Lucilla (Connie Nielsen in the original film). Nothing was initially known about a possible start of filming.

Scott is currently in post-production for “Napoleon” starring Joaquin Phoenix as the power-hungry French Emperor, produced by Apple TV+.


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