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    ‘Gladiator II’: What Happened To Real Lucius? Roman History Explored

    Ridley Scott’s upcoming epic historical drama, ‘Gladiator II’ has Paul Mescal leading with his character Lucius. If you’ve watched the first movie, then you know that Lucius Verus II is the son of Lucilla and the nephew of the villainous Roman Emperor Commodus. 

    The sequel will focus on Lucius’ character, portrayed by Paul Mescal. Although Gladiator’ is based on real events, the director has taken many creative liberties to alter the storyline and introduce new characters. So before you check out the movie in November, let’s take a look at the real history behind Paul Mescal’s Lucius II.

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    What Happened To Lucius In Real Life?

    Lucius Verus
    Lucius Verus

    The filmmakers are showing Lucius as a young man in the sequel. But in reality, Lucius Verus II, the inspiration behind the character died at a very young age. His death occurred even before Commodus became emperor. 

    An interesting fact that is skipped in the film is that Lucius’ father ruled as co-emperor alongside Marcus Aurelius. So Lucius would have been the perfect contender for the throne with his powerful bloodline. However, Lucilla’s child died at a very young age for unknown reasons. 

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    What Happens To Lucius In ‘The Movie ‘Gladiator II’?

    Paul Mescal in 'Gladiator II'
    Paul Mescal in ‘Gladiator II’

    In the film, Paul Mescal’s Lucius is set on a revenge arc. He lives with his wife and child in Numidia after the events in ‘Gladiator’. However, his peaceful life is usurped by an invasion led by General Marcus Acacius. He is forced into slavery. Taking inspiration from Maximus, he sets on a vengeful mission to oppose the rule of the young emperors Caracalla and Geta. 

    The former heir of the Roman Empire becomes a gladiator as he embarks on his mission to take down the rulers. Ridley Scott’s movie stars some very big names in Hollywood including Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen, and Denzel Washington. You can check out the movie in theaters on 15 November 2024. 

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    Nilova Jasu
    Nilova Jasu
    Nilova Jasu is an entertainment author at FirstCuriosity. With prior experience working at various celebrity blogs, she takes pride in being a know-it-all when it comes to pop culture. Being a student of medicine, Grey's Anatomy is Nilova's 'comfort watch'. A massive fan of Robert Downey Jr, whenever she is not reading up on the latest celebrity scoop on Instagram and Twitter, Nilova's busy buring her head in storybooks, playing with her pet cats or bingeing on the latest Netflix release.


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