Given the manner in which the original "Gladiator" film ended, Russell Crowe's Maximus will not be leading the sequel, though he is likely to have left an indelible mark on the plot and may well appear in some form. It picked up more than 10 Oscar nominations and won five, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe. Apparently he tried to get his friend Nick Cave (yes, of The Bad Seeds) to write the script for a sequel.
Speaking about it in 2013, Cave said Crowe wanted to star in the film despite the obvious problem. Instead, as has always been the plan, it'll track the grown Lucius, son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) from the original.
Scott's last release was the kidnap drama All the Money in the World, which underwent last-minute reshoots to replace Kevin Spacey after allegations of sexual misconduct. Maximus' family is killed by Emperor Marcus Aurelius's son, Commodus (a breakout Joaquin Phoenix, ) who prioritizes power over even his own family ties.