Russell Crowe Reveals His Role In Gladiator 2 And It's A Total Blindside• https://www.msn.com by Zack Zagranis
While the original film ended with Maximus dying, fans were still hoping Ridley Scott might find a way to work Russell Crowe into Gladiator 2. Sadly that doesn't seem to be the case. The movie will instead focus on an older version of Lucius, played by Paul Mescal.
Gladiator 2 is set to take place 20 years after the original film and is expected to follow Lucius, the nephew of Joaquin Pheonix's Commodus, as he rules over Rome. Though Russell Crowe won't be in Gladiator 2, the actor has given the film his blessing.
Crowe called Mescal a "good dude" and wished him luck with the film. Russell also called the movie's premise a "smart idea" in relation to the world he helped create in the first Gladiator.