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Pedro Pascal Set to Join Ridley Scott's Gladiator Sequel

Pedro Pascal, the star of hit shows such as "The Mandalorian" in 2019 and "The Last of Us," in 2023 is in final talks to join the cast of Ridley Scott's upcoming "Gladiator" sequel. According to Deadline, Pascal's role is being kept under wraps, but his involvement in the film has excited many to see how the sequel to one of the most famous historical epics of all time will turn out with such a star-studded cast.

The "Gladiator" sequel, produced by Paramount and directed by Ridley Scott, is a follow-up to the 2000 historical epic that won five Oscars, including Best Picture. The original starred Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius, a Roman soldier forced into slavery who seeks revenge against Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix. The sequel focuses on Lucius, the son of Lucilla, played by Connie Nielsen, who is reprising her role from the original.

David Scarpa is penning the script for the sequel, which is set to release on November 22, 2024. The film already boasts a star-studded cast, including Academy Award nominees Paul Mescal and Barry Keoghan and two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington. Keoghan is said to take on the role of Emperor Geta, with Joseph Quinn in talks to play Emperor Caracalla. Washington's role in the sequel is still undisclosed.

Pascal's involvement in the "Gladiator" sequel has generated some concern among fans, who recall his character's unfortunate fate in "Game of Thrones." However, the allure of Ridley Scott's next project has been enough to entice Pascal to take on the role. Pascal's performance in "The Mandalorian" and "The Last of Us" has cemented his status as one of the most in-demand actors in the business, and he is expected to be a top contender for multiple Emmys.

As fans eagerly await the release of the "Gladiator" sequel, Pascal will take Cannes by storm later this month when he arrives on the Croisette for the world premiere of Pedro Almodóvar's queer Western short film "Strange Way of Life," which he co-leads with Ethan Hawke.

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