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Paul Mescal is literally our Roman Empire in Gladiator 2



Charley Ross

Paul Mescal‘s next movie role looks like a corker – the Gladiator 2 trailer has just dropped and it looks like the Normal People star has made an epic role his own.

The sequel revisits Rome many years after the original movie, with many battles and family dramas to sift through. With a star-studded cast and another seriously dramatic story, could this be the role that wins Paul his Oscar? We’ll have to wait until 2025 to find out.

Here’s everything we know about Gladiator 2 so far, which is out later this year.

Gladiator 2 will see Paul Mescal take on the epic sequel  and there's not long to wait

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Gladiator 2 plot

Paul Mescal will play Lucius, son of Lucilla and the nephew of Gladiator antagonist Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix. For the uninitiated, Gladiator star Russell Crowe played Maximus, who saves Lucilla and Lucius’ lives in the original film.

While he was brought up out of reach of the Roman Empire, after his peaceful home city is invaded Lucius decides to return to Rome, where he decides to become a gladiator. He finds that his mother Lucilla is in love with General Marcus Acacius (played by Pedro Pascal), an enemy he ends up fighting. Sounds like things get rather complicated within this family. Lucius must also contend with twin emperors Emperor Geta (Joseph Quinn) and Emperor Caracalla.

We also know that Paul got the nickname “Brick Wall Paul” after bulking up so much for the role. “He got so strong. I would rather be thrown from a building than have to fight him again,” Pedro Pascal said in an interview with Vanity Fair. “To go up against somebody that fit and that talented and that much younger… It’s brutal, man.”

Gladiator 2 will see Paul Mescal take on the epic sequel  and there's not long to wait

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