With Ridley Scott returning for the sequel, Gladiator’s original star, Russell Crowe, shares his excitement and jealousy about the upcoming film
Over two decades after the release of the Oscar-winning Gladiator, a sequel is in development, with Ridley Scott reprising his role as director. Russell Crowe, who starred as Maximus in the original, has shared his thoughts on the sequel, admitting to Collider that he feels “slightly jealous” about it.
Crowe’s Excitement and Jealousy
Although Crowe does not know much about Gladiator 2’s storyline, he is excited to see what Scott has in store for the sequel. Crowe believes that Scott will try to create the “same level of spectacle” as the original film. However, since Maximus died in the first Gladiator, Crowe won’t be returning for the sequel, which is why he feels “slightly jealous” about it. The original film had a significant impact on Crowe’s life and career.
The Legacy of Gladiator
Released in 2000, Gladiator won multiple Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Crowe. The film has enjoyed impressive longevity, with the iconic line, “Are you not entertained?” still resonating with audiences today. Crowe acknowledges that not every film has such lasting appeal and holds a special place in his heart for Gladiator.
Gladiator 2 Cast and Release Date
Gladiator 2 will star Paul Mescal in the lead role and Denzel Washington in another prominent role, though plot details remain under wraps. David Scarpa, known for his work on All the Money in the World and Man in the High Castle, wrote the screenplay. Gladiator 2 is set to premiere in theaters in November 2024.