Nominated for the Best Actor Oscar this morning for his work in critical indie darling “Aftersun,” Paul Mescal is set to clock in some stage time in London’s West End due to a slight delay in his next project – the “Gladiator” sequel.
The 26-year-old Mescal has been engaged in a celebrated turn as Stanley Kowalski in an acclaimed stage production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” which has been playing at a celebrated fringe theater in north London. Patsy Ferran co-stars as Blanche DuBois.
Deadline reports that filmmaker Ridley Scott and Paramount Pictures have pushed back the start date on the sequel to 2000’s Oscar-winner “Gladiator” by two weeks.
As a result of that delay, the stage production is now able to move to the Phoenix Theatre in the West End for a strictly limited six-week run beginning March 20th.
This would indicate Mescal will begin work on the film immediately after and strongly suggest an early May kick-off date for Scott’s movie in which Mescal plays Lucius Versus – son of Connie Nielsen’s Lucille and nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix).
Nielsen and Djimon Hounsou are also rumored to be returning for the film after having supporting roles in the original. That film. was a massive hit at the box-office, grossing $457 million worldwide at the time.
Scott is currently finishing up his Joaquin Phoenix-led “Napoleon” film which is expected to hit cinemas towards year’s end.