Ridley Scott’s Gladiator sequel adds Denzel Washington to cast
Ridley Scott’s Gladiator sequel has been lining up some big-names, and now it’s added Denzel Washington who has worked with the veteran director before.
According to Deadline, the star actor is in final negotiations to play a role in the sequel, which is set to start shooting in a few months.
The reunion between Washington and Scott comes 16 years after they teamed up for hit crime drama American Gangster.
Details are being kept under wraps, but Deadline states that it’s a “bad-ass” role that Washington, who is very choosy about the roles he goes for, really vibed with. The part was actually written for the actor, even though they were unsure whether or not he would be willing to take it up.
The run of big-name castings was kicked off by the announcement that Normal People and Aftersun actor Paul Mescal would be leading the film as Lucius. The character is the son of Connie Nielsen’s Lucilla and the nephew of Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus, who was saved by Russell Crowe’s Maximus in the first film.