GLADIATOR II’s First Incredible Trailer Is an All-Out War for Rome’s Soul

Russell Crowe might have died at the end of Gladiator, but the first trailer for Gladiator II shows the dream of Maximus still lives. The young boy he once inspired is now grown, full of fury, and ready to help bring down childish rulers who needlessly toy with peoples’ lives. Because this film isn’t just about one man’s fight for survival in the Colosseum or even a request for revenge. It’s about the very soul of the Roman Empire.

The Gladiator II Trailer Is Here (And It’s Glorious)

This first incredible, action-packed Gladiator II trailer declares all-out war on Rome and its cruel leaders. How did it come to this after Maximus gave his life to return the Empire to the people? Here’s the film’s official synopsis from Paramount Pictures:

From legendary director Ridley Scott, Gladiator II continues the epic saga of power, intrigue, and vengeance set in Ancient Rome. Years after witnessing the death of the revered hero Maximus at the hands of his uncle, Lucius (Paul Mescal) is forced to enter the Colosseum after his home is conquered by the tyrannical Emperors who now lead Rome with an iron fist. With rage in his heart and the future of the Empire at stake, Lucius must look to his past to find strength and honor to return the glory of Rome to its people.

How do you say, “Let’s f***ing go!” in Latin?

Everything here is genuinely great, but nothing is better than Denzel Washington. He could not possibly be having any more fun. We’re not sure who the greatest Ancient Roman was before this Gladiator II trailer, but they’re now second behind his Macrinus. Maybe third, depending on what Pedro Pascal’s General Acacius ultimately does in this movie.

Paul Mescal and Pedro Pascal fight with swords in the Colosseum in Gladiator II
Paramount Pictures

As though those three stars weren’t enough, the loaded cast also features Joseph Quinn, Fred Hechinger, and Lior Raz, whom we also see in action in the Gladiator II trailer above. Original Gladiator star Derek Jacobi is also back. As is Connie Nielsen, who returns as Lucilla.

What Is Gladiator II’s Release Date?

What will Lucilla do when she learns her son Lucius is back and full of righteous fury? We’ll find out when Gladiator II releases in theaters this fall on November 22.

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