“Gladiator” Sequel Gets A Slight Delay



Nominated this morning for the Best Actor Oscar for his work in the critical indie darling ‘Aftersun’, Paul Mescal will hit the stage in London’s West End in a while due to a slight delay in his next project – the sequel to ‘Gladiator ‘.

Mescal, 26, is having a celebrated turn as Stanley Kowalski in an acclaimed stage production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which has played at a celebrated fringe theater in north London. Patsy Ferran stars as Blanche DuBois.

Deadline reports that filmmaker Ridley Scott and Paramount Pictures have pushed back the start date of the sequel to 2000 Oscar winner Gladiator by two weeks.

As a result of that delay, the stage production can now move to the Phoenix Theater in the West End for a strictly limited six-week period from March 20.

This would indicate that Mescal will begin work on the film immediately afterwards and strongly suggests an early May start date for Scott’s film in which Mescal plays Lucius Versus – son of Connie Nielsen’s Lucille and cousin of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix).

Nielsen and Djimon Hounsou are also rumored to be returning for the film after supporting roles in the original. That movie. was a huge hit at the box office, grossing $457 million worldwide at the time.

Scott is currently finalizing his Joaquin Phoenix-led ‘Napoleon’ film, which is expected to hit theaters by the end of the year.

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