Industry sources have confirmed that Malta will be the location for Sir Ridley Scott’s upcoming Gladiator sequel. According to local media reports, the film will feature rising star Paul Mescal as the protagonist, with talks ongoing to bring Hollywood legend Denzel Washington on board to play Mescal’s rival.
Preparations for the epic Roman-era film are already underway, with sets currently being built at Fort Ricasoli. The historic location will once again be transformed into the iconic Coliseum, providing the perfect backdrop for the gladiatorial battles that will feature in the film.
Over 200 workers are said to be involved in the set production, ensuring that the film will have the same level of detail and authenticity that made the original Gladiator so popular. Sources close to the production team have also revealed that the majority of filming will take place in Malta, with some studio work taking place in the UK.
The news of Malta’s involvement in the film has been met with great excitement by fans of the original Gladiator, which won five Academy Awards including Best Picture in 2000. Sir Ridley Scott’s reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation means that expectations are high for the upcoming sequel, which is set to be another epic blockbuster.
With Paul Mescal and possibly Denzel Washington leading the cast, Gladiator 2 is shaping up to be one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year. Fans will be eagerly awaiting further updates as production gets underway later this summer.