Paramount Pictures has released the much-anticipated trailer for “Gladiator 2,” the sequel to Ridley Scott’s critically acclaimed 2000 film. The follow-up stars Paul Mescal as Lucius, the grown son of Connie Nielsen’s character, and takes audiences on an epic journey resembling the path of Maximus, the original film’s protagonist. The ensemble cast includes Pedro Pascal and Denzel Washington. The film is set for release in theaters just in time for Thanksgiving.


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David Scarpa, who previously collaborated with Scott on projects such as “Napoleon” and “All the Money in the World,” wrote the screenplay based on a story by Scarpa and Peter Craig.


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A sequel to “Gladiator” has been in discussion since the first film became a massive success, grossing over $460 million worldwide and winning five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe. Initially, ideas were explored that would have delved into Maximus’s afterlife journey. However, the sequel failed to materialize until recent years when Scott decided to unveil the story of Lucius.


Set in Ancient Rome once again, “Gladiator 2” takes place years after Lucius witnessed the death of Maximus at the hands of his uncle and was sent away. Without any memories of his past, Lucius is thrust into the Colosseum after his home is conquered by tyrannical Emperors ruling with an iron fist. Fueled by anger and driven by the future of the Empire, Lucius must draw on his past to find strength and honor in order to restore Rome’s former glory, according to the film’s official synopsis.


The cast of “Gladiator 2” also includes Joseph Quinn, Fred Hechinger, Lior Raz, and Derek Jacobi. Scott serves as the film’s producer alongside Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Michael Pruss, and David Franzoni. Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Raymond Kirk, and Aidan Elliott are executive producers.


“Gladiator 2” is scheduled for release exclusively in theaters on November 22, including IMAX and large format screenings.