Paul Mescal’s ‘Gladiator 2’ Rocks CineEurope With Epic New Footage

Paul Mescal’s ‘Gladiator 2’ Rocks CineEurope With Epic New Footage

While the seemingly never-ending saga over Paramount‘s future ownership may be still rumbling on, the studio didn’t hold back when it came to putting on a grand spectacle at the 2024 CineEurope trade show.

Gladiator 2” was — unsurprisingly — the main event of Paramount’s slate presentation in Barcelona. Ridley Scott’s return to Ancient Rome after almost 25 years was given top billing with a giant cardboard coliseum erected around the main auditorium, flanked by stern-faced Roman legionnaires. Audiences at CinemaCon in the U.S. may have gotten the first look at the hotly-anticipated sequel — starring a bulked-out Paul Mescal in the lead role — but across the Atlantic, CineEurope attendees were treated to some epic and never-before-seen extended footage featuring Mescal and co-star Pedro Pascal, alongside an as-yet-unreleased trailer. Denzel Washington, Connie Nielson, Joseph Quinn and Djimon Housou also star in the film, due out Nov. 15.

In a video introduction, Scott said that, despite the near-quarter century that has passed since the first “Gladiator,” the sequel was “well worth the wait.” Meanwhile, Paramount’s president of international theatrical distribution, Mark Viane, said it featured some of the “biggest action sequences ever put on film.”

Even before the presentation began, the studio underlined its excitement about “Gladiator 2” by showing an extremely tongue-in-cheek comedy video —…

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