Action-Adventure Gladiator Sequel | Paramount

Apparently what we do in life not only echoes in eternity, it does so, WITH ROMAN NUMERALS!
 
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"Says Paul Mescal’s son of Russell Crowe’s late Maximus in a VoiceOver, ..."
I honestly can't make sense of that sentence?:gross: Though seems to confirm it in the next.

Lucius Verus was Maximus' son.
Seemed they may have hinted at it, yet is that the first outright confirmation of it?
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Though it was always left open ended. When this was announced with Lucius as the lead, not surprised they would want to definitively tie him back to Maximus.

If Lucius rises to power in the wake of Commodus' death, at the hands of Maximus (now revealed to be his own father), that will not blow over well for him (and Lucilla).
It creates some great potential drama for Lucius character, as he comes into adulthood, and the political power plays that ensue.
That then will likely play out in the arena.

For a sequel I never really wanted or asked for (the end was already perfect), it's actually a pretty great set up.
 
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Loving these early reactions from the CinemaCon footage. What I'm hearing about Quinn might be the most exciting, and kind of makes me happy that Keoghan dropped out. Kind of a type-cast role for him, but a potentially huge growth of range for Quinn.
 
Connie Nielsen returns as Lucilla, the mother of Mescal’s Lucius, as does Derek Jacobi, playing a member of the Roman Senate
Derek Jacobi confirmed.

Loving these early reactions from the CinemaCon footage. What I'm hearing about Quinn might be the most exciting, and kind of makes me happy that Keoghan dropped out. Kind of a type-cast role for him, but a potentially huge growth of range for Quinn.

...and gladiators fighting sharks

They really going there :funny:

Though apparently there was precedent for it ....
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If they are doing a flooded Arena, should make for a sensational spectacle!

Though the original had plenty of battle spectacle, it was also about an honorable character, love for family, loyalty, betrayal, revenge, and ultimately a man just looking for a way out of the arena of endless war and killing.

Hope the new CG armored rhinos, naval battles, sharks, and war monkeys don't detract to much from that. :funny:
 
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Surprised there was no mention of Hounsou (Juba) in the CinemaCon footage?
Hopefully Juba is not still condemned to the arena. and we do get a hint he was in fact free and reunited with his "living" family (unlike Maximus), he has got a whole implied adventure ahead of him, would love to see that at least pay off.
Curious what his role will be.
On the other hand the original end was so perfect, not sure what they are going for here?

If nothing else hope at least the original gets (an almost 25th anniversary:wow:) re-release in theaters, out of this.
 
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Would love to see Ridley’s IDGAF reaction in real time to hearing Crowe air those doubts.
 
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Denzel Washington’s Macrinus is an arms dealer who lives lavishly and keeps a stable of gladiators for sport.
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Pedro Pascal’s Roman general Acacius is “a man in deep regret with his life and doesn’t know where to go with it,” says director Ridley Scott.
Pedro Pascal’s Marcus Acacius, a Roman general said to have trained as a junior officer under Crowe’s character, ... one of the threads the filmmakers created to link the sequel with Maximus.
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Connie Nielsen returns as Lucilla, the mother of Lucius, who was just a boy in the first movie. “Lucilla really only had one weakness, and that is her child,” Nielsen says.

Mescal is Lucius, last seen as the young son of Lucilla, Connie Nielsen’s noblewoman from the original movie
As Gladiator II picks up her story, decades have passed and Lucius has come of age far away from his mother. While he was still a child, Lucilla sent him to the northern coast of Africa, to a region called Numidia that was (at that point) just outside the reach of the Roman Empire. He never fully understood why, and as he grew stronger, so did his resentment—even if his mother’s reasons had been pure.
Likely if Lucius was next in line to the throne, by way of Lucilla (or Maximus), he was sent away to protect him?
Also still no indication of Djimon Hounsou's character Juba, who I imagine got to return home to his family.
I'm guessing that is who Lucius was sent to live amongst in Numidia.
And now general Acacius (Pascal) is sent to brutally suppress it.
Thus Lucius ends up captured and in the arena.
Lucius, once the grandson of the emperor of Rome, finds himself a prisoner of it.
Actually seems a pretty decent set up.

The first trailer for Gladiator II will drop July 9.
 
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I don't expect a Furiosa situation with this movie, despite the hesitance I've been seeing online. I think this will be a hit.
 
I don't expect a Furiosa situation with this movie, despite the hesitance I've been seeing online. I think this will be a hit.
Not gonna lie, at first I questioned why this movie needs to exist but after seeing these first pics I'm 100% in. I have a feeling a lot of people might be in that same boat.
 
I'm looking forward to this. Never watched the first one, I'll do that soon.
I will never be able to judge the new one on it's own without comparing it, so I would be curious to know how it is received by someone who never saw the original.
Though, you really do need to see it.
I am looking forward this, yet honestly doubt it will compare to the original, an absolute favorite film.
 
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Not gonna lie, at first I questioned why this movie needs to exist but after seeing these first pics I'm 100% in. I have a feeling a lot of people might be in that same boat.
Absolutely, nothing is going to compare to the impact of the first, and that epic definitive ending.
This all seems to fly in the face of that.
Yet with all these teases, and a chance to glimpse again into that cinematic u. has become really tempting.
 
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Absolutely, nothing is going to compare to the first, and that epic definitive ending.
This all seems to fly in the face of that.
Yet with all these teases, and a chance to glimpse again into that cinematic u. has become really tempting.
Really it's the cast that has me the most intrigued. Denzel, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn? Sold. I haven't actually seen Paul Mescal in anything yet but I trust that he's a force to be reckoned with given the awards love he's received so far in his career.
 

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