Gladiator 2: Lucilla star Connie Nielsen shares exciting update on Ridley Scott sequel
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For the last few years, there have been rumours of a Gladiator 2 being in the works. Russell Crowe’s Maximus may have perished in the original movie two decades ago, but a follow-up is expected to be focused on a grown-up Lucius, the young son of Lucilla and grandson of Maximus Aurelius. And now Justice League’s Queen Hippolyta star Connie Nielsen, who played Lucilla in Gladiator opposite Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus, has given an exciting update on the planned sequel from Sir Ridley Scott.
Speaking on Collider Ladies Night, the Lucilla actress said: “I know that it’s on the ledger, so let’s just see when Ridley.
“I know he had to do one or two other movies, and then I think it’s on the ledger after that, but I’m not quite sure where it’s at right now.”
The 83-year-old filmmaker has The Last Duel, reuniting Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, in post-production for release in October.
While Scott is currently shooting House of Gucci with Lady Gaga, Al Pacino and Adam Driver for a November debut.
Scott is also producing a number of projects, but surely he’ll get around to Gladiator 2 when he can?
Nielsen continued: “It would obviously be amazing, and I know that a lot of people want to see more of that.
“And I think that all of us are just gonna have to look at that as a separate, different film, you know?
“But with some of the emotions and values that made Gladiator so powerful for so many people, which I really think were the underlying values that we were talking about.”
Nielsen added: “Tyranny versus freedom, and the willingness to do what needs to be done in order to free a people.
“And I don’t think that it would have been the same if it had just been a spectacle. It had to exist within a sphere of values.”
The 55-year-old shared how people still come up to her and recite lines of dialogue from Gladiator because they were touched and moved by the Oscar-winning blockbuster.
While last summer Crowe spoke out on Gladiator 2 and admitted conversations about the sequel have been on-going since wrapping on the first movie.
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Speaking with E! Online, Crowe said: “I can tell you those conversations have been going on since the last day of shooting the last one.
“And there’s been a lot of different ideas of approaching things.
“I keep being like this sort of party pooper when I say, I just wanted to remind you I died in the first one.”
However, the death of his character doesn’t necessarily get in the way of a sequel for the star.
The Maximus star added: “So, I don’t really know. This far away, could we play with that? We could…”
Perhaps Gladiator 2 could have Crowe’s Maximus feature in visions from the fields of Elysium?
Or with modern technology, the 56-year-old could be de-aged for flashback scenes.
While Spencer Treat Clark, who is now 33-years-old, could reprise his Lucius all grown up.
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