“It has been 7 years without appearing for one”: This is how he denied the rumors that the young star of ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and ‘Dune’ would have lost the opportunity to star in the ambitious sequel against Paul Mescal.
Good times for the late sequels. The premieres of Top Gun: Maverick Y Avatar: The Sense of Water35 and 13 years later respectively, have been two of the key events of 2022, and although 2023 will not be the year of the premiere of Gladiators 2, it has begun by giving us great news about the evolution of the project. A Sequel to the unforgettable 2000 film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe, which has taken more than 20 years to become a reality.
After learning of Ridley Scott’s final intention to continue his epic drama in September 2021, at the beginning of this month of January we finally knew his leading actor. As reported The Hollywood Reporterthe young interpreter Paul Mescal was in the final negotiations of his signing after becoming the ideal candidate to embody the main character of the new installment: Lucius, the son of Lucilla -who was brought to life by Connie Nielsen in Gladiator- and nephew of Commodus -the character played by Joaquin Phoenix-.
With his signing, the actor from normal people Y aftersunwho is almost a newcomer but who had been on the radar for a while, this was done with a coveted role that many actors would have been chasing. Some of them quite popular. In fact, after hearing the news about Mescal, a journalist from The Hollywood Reporter tweeted the names of some interpreters who would have been doing “meetings and auditions” for Lucius: Miles Teller, Austin Butler, Richard Madden and Timothée Chalamet. A “revelation” that was quickly echoed by some media, such as Discussing Filmwho went so far as to tweet that Mescal “had won the role.”
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The tweet of Discussing Film It has already been deleted, but not the answer of the Timothée Chalamet’s agent, Brian Swardstrom, who must not have sat well with the comment that Paul Mescal had won the role in front of his client. At least that is extracted from his answer, in which He not only denies that Chalamet did tests to star Gladiators 2but the young interpreter does not even need to do castings to get the best roles:
I know one of these actors has been shooting a movie in the Middle East for the past few months, and he hasn’t auditioned in over 7 years.
It is true that Timothée Chalamet is, from interstellar of Christopher Nolan but more especially since call me by your name, one of the hot actors in Hollywood, so it is not surprising that it has not been necessary for him to do castings to get important roles and that they have contacted him directly to offer them. In addition, the interpreter already has several notable works on the horizon with wonka Y Dunes: Part 2.
For his part, Mescal is preparing to lead an ambitious project that promises to command a lot of attention in 2023, but especially in 2024, which is shaping up to be the potential release year for Gladiator 2 if things go according to plan.