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Deadline is reporting that Ridley Scott wants to return and continue the story of his blockbuster epic Gladiator, and Normal People star Paul Mescal is in negotiations to lead the sequel, with Scott returning as the director. Scott will produce, along with Scott Free President Michael Pruss, and Doug Wick & Lucy Fisher via Red Wagon Entertainment. David Scarpa penned the script. Returning from the original production are Janty Yates (Costume Designer) and Arthur Max (Production Designer). The role of Maximus, the Roman general-turned-gladiator, was a career-changer for Russell Crowe, but Mescal won’t be replacing Crowe’s Maximus, whose character met his end in the original film. Mescal will be playing Lucius, the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen), who now is a grown man as the story takes place years after the first film ended. Lucius was also the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), the son of Roman leader Marcus Aurelius who murdered his father seized the throne, and wound up in the gladiator ring with Maximus — who, though mortally wounded, skewered the emperor before fading into the great beyond to reunite with his slain wife and son. Maximus saved the boy and his mother while avenging his own family, and left a strong impression on the young Lucius.