It is one of the best action movies out there, and now blockbuster director Ridley Scott is returning to the Roman epic Gladiator with a sequel.
Rumors of a sequel to the historical drama have been circulating for five years now, after the director hinted at a possible script that would allow him to revive the world brought to life by Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix.
And now, 23 years after the release of the original, the film crew began casting for the main roles in the new film. It is known that the shooting is scheduled for May.
The locations were chosen in the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate, which has earned a reputation as a favorite location for filmmakers for its dramatic scenery.
Plot details remain under wraps after an early idea written by rock star Nick Cave, in which Maximus Crow returned from the dead via a “portal”, was scrapped.
It is believed that the youth Lucius Verus, son of the Roman empress Lucilla, may provide a link to the original story.
There is hope that Russell’s character will appear in flashback scenes if he signs on for the role.
Maximus died at the end of the film and was seen reunited with his murdered wife and son in the afterlife.
The source said: “This building has been under construction since 2018 and for a long time it looked like it would never see the light of day.
“But all of a sudden at the end of last year, the production team really came alive after settling on a new script that seemed to inspire them.
“In a few months, everything was up and running, and now everything is in full swing.
“They should start filming by May, which means there is every chance the film will be ready sometime in 2024.
“In any case, it will be a huge box office.
“This is one of the biggest action movies of its era and it was a huge success.
“People have been asking Ridley for years about a sequel, so there’s obviously a huge amount of interest in it.”
The first film grossed an impressive £460 million at the box office.
It also featured veteran stars Derek Jacoby and Oliver Reed in his final role.
It also received critical acclaim, winning five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, as well as Bafta and Golden Globe success.
I can’t wait, but this will be hard to follow.
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EMILY RATAZHKOVSKY covered her legs in this outfit, wearing it with the guys she dated.
The model wore a matching miniskirt and cropped jacket in New York after making a splash on her High Low podcast with EmRata.
She recently split from comedian Pete Davidson after she filed for divorce from Sebastian Bear-McClard in September, but said many guys have tried to criticize her for being a strong woman.
Emily explained, “They’re like, ‘You’re special. You did it.
“Then [they] are slowly emasculated and they don’t know what to do with those feelings and they resent you and then they start tearing you up. And then you just go back to the starting point.”
She said the situation is “tainted and unfair” and can “understand dating women” instead.
Emily continued, “There may be competition…but it doesn’t feel like someone is taking something away from someone else.
“Oddly enough with heteronormative relationships, I feel like this is happening.
“Strength and power are associated with the masculine, and when a woman has it, a man does not know what else he has.
“But I’m like, ‘How about better expressing your emotions and being emotional? That would be great.'”
Dermot supports Sean’s gig ax
Dermot Kennedy opens up about his romance with Canadian superstar Shawn Mendes.
The Irish crooner, who recorded his second No. 1 album with Sonder last year, was the opening act for singer Stitches on the North American leg of his world tour last summer.
However, Sean pulled out of the hike due to his mental health issues.
Supporting his buddy, Dermot said: “It was amazing to spend some time with Sean and see an artist of this stature perform in front of a huge audience and do what he does best.
“We just talked about music. This is a very demanding industry to be a part of.
“There can be a lot of pressure on an artist. Especially the bigger they get. I fully respect his decision to cancel the tour due to his mental health.
“He has to do what is right for him. It is very important to take care of yourself and not rush. He will come back stronger.”
In an open letter to fans at the time, Sean said, “I wasn’t prepared at all for how difficult touring would be after this time away.”
Looks like the break was much needed but I hope Sean will be back on stage soon.
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She announced last night that her eighth album, Endless Summer Vacation, would be released on March 10, with Kylie Minogue cryptically commenting on the announcement on Instagram with a sticking out tongue emoji.
Rumors of a possible collaboration have been floating around for years, and in 2020, Kylie named Miley and Dua Lipa as two people she’d like to collaborate with.
The latter was achieved when Dua joined her on the Real Groove remix, so now her second wish could come true.
The first single from Miley’s album is called Flowers and will be released next Friday (13th).
She still has it.
PREPARE FOR THE BRITISH LIST
Only six days remain before the announcement of the nominees for next month’s Brit Awards.
The full list of nominees will be announced live on UK social channels including YouTube, Facebook and TikTok from 4pm next Thursday.
Vic Hope and Jack Saunders will present the show, joined by diver Tom Daly and I’m A Celeb winner Jill Scott to announce the contenders for the Feb. 11 ceremony.
JUSTIN BIEBER looked shocked during a rainy walk in Los Angeles, but only because his face was covered in these star-shaped stickers.
The Peaches singer had black spots on his face to hide the blemishes.
But he drew less attention to himself with the rest of his outfit, dark coat and gray beanie.
Justin hasn’t been in the spotlight lately, but all these stickers should help him become a superstar again.
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SIGALA is back with the first dance hit of the year.
The DJ, whose real name is Bruce Fielder, has teamed up with MNEK to record the single Radio, out today.
Explaining that it was a long time ago, MNEK said, “Bruce and I wrote this song a few years ago.
“It was such a fun and easy session and it’s really cool how he turned the song into the record you’re listening to today.”
Aging Stormzy goes off the grid
STORMZY deleted his social media accounts again, just a couple of months after returning to Instagram and Twitter.
The rapper’s pages disappeared again, closing accounts for the first time in early 2020.
He returned in October, shared a number of posts and hosted several live streams on Instagram, but left after the release of his third album, This Is What I Mean.
Speaking earlier this year about the impact of the initial deletion of his accounts, he said: “It was a big turning point for me in realizing that there is an ego in a person that I need to kill because look how blessed we are.”
Then in November, he said he felt “too old” for that.
He explained, “I used to do it all the time, but now I’m a bit old. My hairline goes way back and my knees don’t buckle.
“I’m getting old. I just want to walk my dogs and make music and see my family, I swear to you. I’m too old for the old TikTok challenges, dancing. I can’t.”
His album hit No. 1 in its first week, but dropped to No. 30 by last Friday.
It’s clear that he doesn’t like to constantly post on social media, but a few more snaps can help remind his fans that he exists.
After her Webb address
I ALWAYS thought One Direction had the craziest fans of all time.
But now, followers of British sensation Mimi Webb seem to be up there with the most extreme of them, after making wild offers to anyone who can help them meet their idol.
The frightened Ghost of You singer told me that one supporter even suggested one of her team, but he quickly declined.
Mimi said, “A fan offered to do sexual favors for my sound engineer if he could arrange a meeting with me. It was all a bit weird and crazy. Obviously he said no.
In March, Mimi will release her debut album Amelia, which already has two top ten hits with Good Without and House On Fire.
She told me, “I want to have a hit album.
“The visualization board breaks the album and gets #1.
“I really believe that I can do it.
“From there, I want to tour with as many people as possible, get into festivals, and just keep making great music.”
JACK BLACK hinted that his 2003 comedy School of Rock might have a sequel.
The actor, who played rocker and fake teacher Dewey Finn, said there was talk of a sequel as well as a new film from his band Tenacious D after 2006’s Choice of Destiny.
Asked about the stories behind the two projects, Jack told SiriusXM, “Yeah. Both of them. Last news. We’re thinking about doing both.”
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