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‘Gladiator 2’ Behind-the-Scenes Set Imagery Hints at an Epic Siege Battle

If the latest set video is any indication, Gladiator 2 looks poised to deliver another exhilarating spectacle of epic ancient battles. Recently, Mohammed Mehdi Bensaid, the Minister of Culture for Morocco, paid a visit to the filming location of Gladiator 2 and had the opportunity to meet the renowned director Ridley Scott. During his time behind the scenes, Bensaid chatted with multiple people working on the film and even shared his tour of a grandiose set depicting a fortified city. Check it out below.

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The minister took to Instagram to share captivating photos and a video from his visit to the Gladiator 2 set. Currently filming in Morocco, the movie features a “massive battle focused on the siege of a Moroccan city,” according to Collider. The latest set images of Gladiator 2 reveal a colossal fortress with a spacious arena-like area. The photos also showcase numerous extras dressed as soldiers, adding to the intrigue and suggesting an impending epic battle scene.

In the translated caption, Mohammed Mehdi Bensaid wrote in his post, “I visited the shooting site of Gladiator 2 in the city of Ourzazat after an explosion that the site has seen in recent days. The visit formed an opportunity to meet British director and producer Ridley Scott and his team, where he affirmed that Ourzazat and Morocco are a global cinematic destination, and there are great qualifications to shoot the largest global cinematic productions. During the visit, I visited the set, met with its staff, assuring that the Ministry will keep up with such productions, and will contribute to the projects of the film and cultural industries.”

Paul Mescal
Paul Mescal takes on the pivotal character of Lucius | Image: Getty Images

The highly anticipated Gladiator sequel is being helmed by acclaimed director Ridley Scott, with the script penned by David Scarpa. Paul Mescal, known for his role in Aftersun, takes on the pivotal character of Lucius, the nephew of Commodus, who after being saved by Maximus in Gladiator starts to idolise Russell Crowe’s iconic character. Joining Mescal in the stellar cast are Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn, May Calamawy, Lior Raz, Peter Mensah, Matt Lucas and Fred Hechinger.

Russell Crowe is not involved with Gladiator 2 in any way whatsoever, but the sequel will see Connie Nielsen and Derek Jacobi returning to reprise their roles as Lucilla and Senator Gracchus from the original film.

 Gladiator 2 is expected to hit theatres on November 22, 2024.

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