Paul Mescal Fights for Glory & Survival in “Gladiator II” Trailer

Paul Mescal in “Gladiator II”
Paul Mescal in “Gladiator II”

Gladiator is still remembered as one of the most beloved historical epics, and we’re getting the second chapter of this story in just a few months. The first trailer for Gladiator II just hit the shelves, and it sees Paul Mescal fighting for glory and survival in the arena.

Mescal leads the long-awaited sequel as Lucius Verus, introduced in the first film as the young son of Marcus Aurelius and Lucilla. Over two decades have passed since, and the days of being an heir to the Roman Empire are long behind him after he lost ties to his family.

He lives in obscurity with his wife and child in Numidia until he’s forced into slavery by Roman soldiers. After becoming a gladiator, he’s determined to use his time in the arena to challenge the rule of young emperors Caracalla and Geta.

In addition to Paul Mescal as Lucius Verus, the main cast of Gladiator II also includes Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen, Denzel Washington, and Joseph Quinn, plus Fred Hechinger, Derek Jacobi, May Calamawy, Tim McInnerny, Alexander Karim, and Rory McCann in supporting roles.

Gladiator II will be released internationally on November 15, before premiering in North America one week later, on November 22.