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Gladiator 2: Paul Mescal & Pedro Pascal Fight To The Death In Epic First Trailer

There was once a dream that was "Gladiator 2." You could only whisper it online and the common consensus was, "Why? Didn't Russell Crowe die at the end?" Well, thankfully, the new trailer for the actualized sequel to 2000's "Gladiator" proves we've moved far past that, as Ridley Scott is set to unleash hell yet again with the help of a cast that's just as compelling. The new chapter of this historical epic stars Paul Mescal as Lucius, the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen), who was the former flame of the late Gladiator hero Maximus (Russell Crowe). Also among the ensemble are Denzel Washington as Macrinus, reuniting with Scott for the second time since "American Gangster"; Pedro Pascal as Marcus Acacius; Joseph Quinn as Emporer Geta; Fred Hechinger as Emperor Carcalla; and May Calamawy. Original "Gladiator" cast member Nielsen is also returning. 

Boasting the same massive scope that has become a hallmark of Scott's movies, "Gladiator 2" looks to be delivering more of the kind of epic sword and sandal action that we saw when the original premiered 24 years ago. Mescal looks to be doing a great job in hero mode and might be just as compelling as Crowe was. 

Gladiator 2 could finally confirm the truth about Lucius' father

While it's never said outright in the original film, it is hinted at that Lucilla and Maximus had some kind of romantic relationship before the latter's death. With that in mind, could there be a chance that Lucius is in fact, Maximus' illegitimate son? That would certainly explain why Lucius is the protagonist of the "Gladiator" sequel. Considering all of the awe-inspiring action and the intense personal drama hinted at in the trailer, such a scandal coming to light feels like it would be a perfect fit. 

Whatever happens, you can bet that Ridley Scott will be delivering the goods once more with a sequel that might hopefully be met with a greater reception than his stint in space. With the likes of "Prometheus" and "Alien: Covenant," Scott's efforts to revisit his beloved box-office entries have been a bit uneven, but hopefully "Gladiator 2" will deliver what historians call "an outright banger" when it arrives on November 22.