Connie Nielsen will return in her role as Lucilla for the Paramount movie.
Joseph Quinn, known for his role in “Stranger Things,” is in talks to join the upcoming “Gladiator” sequel directed by Ridley Scott. He is slated to portray the Roman Emperor Caracalla in the Paramount film, which serves as a follow-up to the 2001 Oscar-winning movie. The sequel will continue the story of Maximus Decimus Meridius, played by Russell Crowe in the original film. Paul Mescal, Connie Nielsen, Denzel Washington, and Barry Keoghan are also part of the cast.
The “Gladiator” sequel’s story will focus on Lucius, played by Paul Mescal, who is the son of Lucilla, portrayed by Connie Nielsen, and the nephew of Commodus, originally played by Joaquin Phoenix. Djimon Hounsou is expected to reprise his role as Juba, a former gladiator and ally of Maximus. The screenplay for the sequel is being written by David Scarpa, who previously collaborated with Ridley Scott on “All the Money in the World” and their upcoming “Napoleon” film. Scott will produce the sequel along with Michael Pruss through Scott Free, and Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher through Red Wagon Entertainment.
“Gladiator” was originally a co-production with Universal Pictures. For the sequel, Universal has the option to become a co-producer once the project is packaged. The original film was a box office success, grossing $460 million worldwide, and received eleven Oscar nominations, ultimately winning five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe.
Quinn is repped by CAA, the U.K.’s Curtis Brown Group, and Goodman Genow.