Paramount Pictures has confirmed that a stunt gone wrong on the set of the highly-anticipated Gladiator sequel has resulted in injuries to several crew members. The incident took place on Wednesday, June 7th, as reported by Variety. Out of the six individuals injured, four are currently receiving treatment in the hospital. Thankfully, none of the film’s cast members were harmed during the accident, which occurred toward the end of the shooting day.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Paramount Pictures addressed the incident:
“While filming a planned stunt sequence on the set of the ‘Gladiator’ sequel, an accident occurred during which several crew members experienced non-life-threatening injuries. The safety and full medical services teams on-site were able to act quickly so that those who were impacted immediately received necessary care. They are all in stable condition and continue to receive treatment.”
Regarding the plot of Gladiator 2, the film will focus on Lucius, played by Paul Mescal, who is the son of Lucilla and the nephew of Commodus. Maximus, the gladiator hero from the original film, saved Lucius and his mother, leaving a lasting impression on the young boy. The cast of Gladiator 2 also includes Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn, Connie Nielsen, Denzel Washington, May Calamawy, Fred Hechinger, Lior Raz, Derek Jacobi, Peter Mensah, and Matt Lucas. Ridley Scott is directing the film based on a script by David Scarpa.
In an earlier press statement, Scott expressed his enthusiasm for period films and the opportunity to delve into historical research. He shared his unique approach to Gladiator, emphasizing his desire to present a more authentic and visceral depiction of ancient Rome. The director’s initial interest in the project was sparked by an illustration called “For Those About to Die” by Gérôme, which depicted a powerful scene in the Coliseum. This inspiration led him to take on the project and develop the story further.
As fans eagerly anticipate the Gladiator sequel, it is a reminder of the risks involved in creating such ambitious productions. The well-being of the injured crew members is of utmost importance, and Paramount Pictures has acted swiftly to ensure their care and recovery.
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