Barry Keoghan, known for his role in “The Banshees of Inisherin,” had been in talks to play Emperor Geta in the Gladiator sequel. However, due to scheduling conflicts, Keoghan has had to drop out of the project. Fred Hechinger, known for his role in “The White Lotus,” is now being considered as a replacement for Keoghan. Keoghan’s departure from the role was reportedly necessary for his involvement in the film “Bird,” directed by Andrea Arnold.
The Gladiator sequel, directed by Ridley Scott, features Paul Mescal as Lucius, the son of Lucilla and the nephew of the villainous Roman emperor Commodus, portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix in the original film. Connie Nielsen will reprise her role as Lucilla, and new additions to the cast include Pedro Pascal, Denzel Washington, Joseph Quinn, May Calamawy, Matt Lucas, Lior Raz, Peter Mensah, and Derek Jacobi, who will be reprising his role as Gracchus. The project is being helmed by Scott, who is also serving as a producer, with a screenplay by David Scarpa.