Denzel Washington Is Poised to Signal On for Gladiator Sequel

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Denzel Washington is in “closing negotiations” to co-star within the Gladiator sequel, per a brand new information report at Deadline. Paul Mescal is already signed on to the movie, and Ridley Scott is returning to direct. Moreover, two vets of the original film, costume designer Janty Yates and manufacturing designer Arthur Max are additionally on board. Yates’ costume design for the unique movie garnered an Oscar, and Max’s work resulted in a nomination.

At present, Washington’s function is being stored secret. He and Scott have labored collectively earlier than, when Washington starred in American Gangster. Deadline states that “after studying the script, sources near the undertaking stated he was excited in regards to the bad-ass function Scott had written with him in thoughts.”

Russel Crowe’s Maximus won’t be returning. He famously died on the finish of the 2000 movie, and whereas the movie each received Crowe an Oscar and launched him into Hollywood main man stardom, the sequel won’t function his return. Mescal equally won’t be taking over the function of Maximus and can as a substitute be taking part in Lucius, the younger boy that Maxiumus saved after killing Commodus within the gladiatorial ring on the finish of the movie.

Washington’s function is being stored beneath wraps.

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