‘Gladiator 2’ first trailer just dropped — and it's the action-packed sequel we’ve been waiting for

Paul Mescal in "Gladiator 2"
(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

We all know the anticipation has been building ever since “Gladiator 2” was officially announced. And yes, the moment has finally arrived: The first trailer for this action-packed sequel is here. Judging by the intriguing action sequences with huge explosions and sword fights, this movie is shaping up to be the sequel we’ve all been waiting for. 

Starring Paul Mescal in the lead role as Lucius, the trailer offers a very exciting glimpse into the epic battles and brutal war that await in the world of “Gladiator." If you haven't yet seen the three-minute trailer or just want to experience it again (don't worry — I've watched it a few times just to see Pedro Pascal wield a sword), then check it out below:

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Picking up years after the original movie, the sequel looks poised to continue the legacy of its predecessor with a fresh yet familiar intensity. "Gladiator 2" shifts the focus to new characters while still maintaining connections to the original narrative. This is especially true since there are several flashbacks in the trailer of when Lucius was a child. 

Lucius (Mescal) is the now-adult son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), who was inspired by the heroism of Maximus (Russell Crowe) in the original movie. Lucius must navigate the dangerous and complex political landscape of the Roman Empire, with the movie exploring the enduring legacy of Maximus. 

The official synopsis for this highly anticipated movie reads: “The story follows Lucius, the former heir to the Roman Empire, who becomes a gladiator after his home is invaded by the Roman army, led by General Marcus Acacius (Pedro Pascal), during the reign of co-emperors Caracalla (Fred Hechinger) and Geta (Joseph Quinn).”

Denzel Washington also takes on the role of Macrinus, a wealthy arms dealer who uses gladiators for sport, along with Rory McCann as Tegula and Derek Jacobi as Gracchus. It’s clear that “Gladiator 2” features a very impressive cast, making it one of the top movies to watch this year (and it could beat “Wicked” as the new blockbuster combo, so move over Barbenheimer

With Ridley Scott returning as director, "Gladiator 2" promises to deliver the same grand scale, intense action sequences and rich storytelling that made the original such a classic. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the original or new to the saga, "Gladiator 2" looks like it could be an epic cinematic experience that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats.  

"There are victories still yet to come" — prepare for a journey back to the Colosseum when “Gladiator 2” lands in theaters on November 22. You can also stream the original "Gladiator" on Prime Video before the sequel comes out. 

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Alix Blackburn
Staff Writer, Streaming

Alix is a Streaming Writer at Tom’s Guide, which basically means watching the best movies and TV shows and then writing about them. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer for Screen Rant and Bough Digital, both of which sparked her interest in the entertainment industry. When she’s not writing about the latest movies and TV shows, she’s either playing horror video games on her PC or working on her first novel.