Hollywood star Russell Crowe is opening up about the 'Gladiator' sequel Ridley Scott has been working on, which will release in November 2024.
The actor, who won an Oscar for his role in the 2000 epic historical drama, was not cast in the sequel. According to a Collider report, Crowe admits to feeling 'slightly jealous' for being snubbed by Scott.
"I mean, look, the only thing I really feel about it is slightly jealous, you know? Because I was a much younger man, obviously, and it was a huge experience in my life," Crowe told Collider in an interview.
"It's something that changed my life, really. It changed the way people regarded me and what I do for a living, and, you know, I've been fortunate to be involved in lots of big movies. Still, the legs on that film are incredible."
He said, "Here it is, it's 2023, and we made that film in 1999. I guarantee you, Gladiator "will be showing on primetime TV somewhere around the world tonight. And you don't always get that kind of longevity with every film you do, so it obviously holds a special place in my heart."
Scott is directing the sequel set to star Paul Mescal, with David Scarpa penning the script. Barry Keoghan is reportedly in talks to board the film sequel. In the follow-up, Mescal is set to play the role of Lucius, the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix).