Ridley Scott's Gladiator sequel is finally happening, but is Russell Crowe's Maximus returning for Gladiator 2? Here's what is known about the story.
Ridley Scott is finally making his Gladiator sequel, but is Russell Crowe's Maximus returning for Gladiator 2? Over two decades after the original movie's release, audiences will soon return to the Roman Empire and gladiator rings for another historical epic. The first Gladiator helped turn Russell Crowe into a box office star, but his incredible performance as Maximus also led to an Oscar win for Best Actor in a Leading Role. It remains one of his most iconic roles as a result, and there have been various attempts to get him back for a sequel over the years.
Plans are now moving forward for Gladiator 2 with Paul Mescal cast as an adult Lucius. There are very few details confirmed about the Gladiator sequel that Ridley Scott is making, but the potential involvement of Russell Crowe looms large. At first, that might seem odd since Gladiator's ending saw Maximus die. That would seemingly eliminate the chance of Russell Crowe returning for Gladiator 2, but the sequel's development history points to there being interest in bringing Maximus back in some capacity.