According to Deadline, Denzel Washington’s character in the upcoming Gladiator 2 is set to be one of Ridley Scott’s greatest characters committed to the big screen, with the 68-year-old actor already hitting the gym in preparation for the upcoming shoot. According to the filmmaker, Washington’s character is a former gladiator who found massive success in the coliseum, ultimately earning his freedom before becoming a wealthy and successful businessman. The acclaimed filmmaker compared Washington’s unnamed character to that of a Roman Empire arms dealer, providing weapons and supplies to soldiers.
Ridley Scott Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down
Despite acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott’s advanced age, the director shows no signs of slowing or stopping his illustrious career. With massive films such as Napoleon, Gladiator 2, and Queen and Country scheduled to come around the bend, the filmmaker has expressed plans to present a host of incredible works on the big screen before his filmmaking days are over. One such accomplishment listed by the filmmaker is getting Denzel Washington back on board for another film with Scott’s upcoming Gladiator 2.
Denzel Washington In Ridley Scott’s American Gangster
Denzel Washington and Ridley Scott have previously worked together on the 2007 crime drama American Gangster, wherein the two-time Academy Award winner starred beside Russell Crowe, Idris Elba, Carla Gugino, and Avengers: Endgame‘s Josh Brolin.
According to Ridley Scott, Washington’s preparation period for a leading role is incredibly intense, with his Gladiator 2 performance expected to blow audiences away. The character Washington is expected to bring to the big screen will likely serve as something of a foil for Russell Crowe’s Maximus from the first film, whose noble pursuit of freedom was clouded only by his penchant for violence.
The Cast Of Gladiator 2
In addition to a groundbreaking performance from Denzel Washington, Gladiator 2 is set to star Matt Lucas, Djimon Hounsou, Paul Mescal, Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen, and The Mandalorian‘s Pedro Pascal.
The sequel to the 2000 Best Picture winner is expected to arrive in theaters in November 0f 2024, with very few details regarding the film’s plot currently available to the public. According to returning director Ridley Scott, Denzel Washington is set to steal the show with an incredibly deep and nuanced performance.
Gladiator Released 23 Years Ago
With Scott’s recent interview describing Denzel Washington’s Gladiator 2 character, many audiences are beginning to feel a great deal of anticipation for the long-awaited sequel. Not only is Denzel Washington one of the few names in Hollywood who can still draw a crowd on star power alone, the 23-year wait separating the release of Gladiator from the upcoming sequel has left fans wondering how exactly the film will connect with the original.
Filming Begins Soon
Unfortunately, all audiences can do for now is patiently wait for more information regarding the film to come out. As Denzel Washington’s workout routine begins to reach a fever pitch, Scott has announced plans to begin shooting for Gladiator 2 in the next few weeks, with intentions to glide straight into his next film before the Roman anthology has wrapped post-production. With the SAG-AFTRA strike finally over, production is expected to go uninterrupted.