Pedro Pascal Joins Ridley Scott’s ‘Gladiator’ Sequel

Ridley Scott’s long-developing Gladiator sequel is gathering quite the cast. Led by recent Oscar nominee Paul Mescal, and joined by fellow nominee Barry Keoghan and Oscar winner Denzel Washington, the film has now added someone who appears to be in every damn thing under the sun: Pedro Pascal.

The Last of Us and The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal has joined Gladiator 2, according to Deadline. Pascal might be the most popular actor in the world right now, so adding him is quite a coup. It’s unclear his role, but obviously Pascal is no stranger to sword and political epics due to his time on Game of Thrones.

While you won’t be seeing the return of Russell Crowe as Maximus, for obvious reasons, or Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus, some familiar faces are coming back. Connie Nielsen returns as Lucilla, mother to Mescal’s now grown-up Lucius. Djimon Hounsou is also back as Maximus’ friend Juba. Stranger Things star Joseph Quinn also has a role.

Gladiator 2 is set to open on November 22nd 2024.


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