Barry Keoghan, the Oscar-nominated actor who is true at residence in a superb interval piece, is in talks to hitch Paul Mescal in Ridley Scott’s untitled Gladiator sequel, sources inform The Hollywood Reporter.
Scott is directing the sequel to his 2000 historic epic that starred Russell Crowe as Maximus, a former common pressured into turning into a gladiator beneath the rule of the patricidal self-appointed Roman emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). The film received the Oscar for greatest image whereas Crowe took residence the statuette for greatest actor, among the many 5 wins for the lauded film. Neither Crowe nor Phoenix’s characters survived the proceedings.
The sequel will star Aftersun Oscar nominee Mescal, who is claimed to be taking part in Lucius, the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and the nephew of Phoenix’s Commodus. (Spencer Deal with Clark performed the function within the unique movie.)
If a deal makes, Keoghan will play a personality named Emperor Geta. (Geta was an precise Roman emperor though the sequel’s story shouldn’t be based mostly on true occasions.)
Scott will reteam with All The Cash Within the World scribe David Scarpa, who additionally wrote the filmmaker’s upcoming Napoleon Bonaparte film. Scott will produce with Michael Pruss by way of Scott Free, and Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher by way of Purple Wagon Leisure. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are government producing.
Scott is reassembling a number of key under the road expertise from his unique, together with director of pictures John Mathieson, manufacturing designer Arthur Max, and costume designer Janty Yates.
Paramount is behind the venture, however Gladiator was a co-production with Common. Common may have the choice to co-produce Gladiator 2 as soon as the venture is packaged. Paramount has set a November 22, 2024 launch for the epic.
Keoghan is coming off a greatest supporting actor Oscar nomination for the Nineteen Twenties-set The Banshees of Inisherin, one of many acclaimed film’s 9 Academy Award nominations, and is thought for his off-kilter work in movies equivalent to The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Eternals. He additionally had a small function in Matt Reeves’ The Batman the place he was teased to be potential forerunner to The Joker. He’s a favourite of the indie scene and is presently capturing Trey Edward Shults’s newest film, which additionally stars Jenna Ortega and The Weeknd.
Keoghan is repped by WME, Leisure 360 and Sloane Provide.