A mishap occurred during a stunt on the set of the highly anticipated sequel, Gladiator 2, resulting in multiple crew members sustaining injuries. According to Variety, the incident took place on June 7 while filming an action sequence.
The exact details of the accident remain unclear, but it resulted in six individuals suffering burn injuries, with four of them still receiving treatment in the hospital. Fortunately, no cast members were harmed, and a spokesperson from Paramount confirmed that the injuries are not life-threatening.
In a statement, the spokesperson said, “While filming a planned stunt sequence on the set of the Gladiator sequel, an accident occurred during which several crew members experienced non-life-threatening injuries.
The safety and full medical services teams on-site were able to act quickly so that those who were impacted immediately received necessary care. They are all in stable condition and continue to receive treatment.”
The spokesperson further emphasized the importance of the well-being of the cast and crew, highlighting the strict health and safety protocols implemented on all their productions. They assured that the situation would be closely monitored, and all necessary precautions would be taken when production resumes
Returning to the director’s chair for Gladiator 2 is Ridley Scott, with a screenplay penned by David Scarpa. The film features an ensemble cast including Paul Mescal as Lucius, the nephew of Commodus (played by Joaquin Phoenix) from the original film. The movie also stars Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Denzel Washington, Joseph Quinn, May Calamawy, and Pedro Pascal.
The original Gladiator, released in 2000, achieved tremendous success, grossing over $503 million at the box office. It garnered critical acclaim, winning five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe. The film’s achievements and lasting impact made a sequel almost inevitable, despite the nearly 25-year gap between the two movies.
Russell Crowe, reflecting on Gladiator 2, expressed a tinge of jealousy, recognizing the transformative effect the original film had on his career. He stated, “It’s something that changed my life, really. It changed the way people regarded me and what I do for a living.” Crowe acknowledged the enduring popularity of Gladiator and its special place in his heart.
With the new cast members joining the project, there is hope that Gladiator 2 will provide a similarly remarkable experience when it hits theaters on November 22, 2024.