Several crew members have reportedly been injured on the set of the Gladiator sequel in Morocco. A stunt sequence involving an explosion was being filmed at the time.
Oscar-nominee Paul Mescal, Pedro Pascal, Denzel Washington, Joseph Quinn, and Fred Hechinger are joined by returnees from the first film like Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacobi, and Djimon Hounsou for the movie set two decades after the original 2000 sword and sandals epic. Ridley Scott returns to direct from a script by David Scarpa.
Six people required treatment, while two crew members have been discharged, and four remain in the hospital. All of the impacted crew members were treated for burn injuries. Variety reports that no cast members were harmed. Paramount Pictures has released a statement:
“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.
The well-being of the cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us, and we have strict health and safety procedures in place on all our productions. We will continue monitoring the situation and taking all necessary precautions as we resume production.”
When filming wraps in Ouarzazate, Morocco, the production will shift to Malta and then the United Kingdom. The shoot will run for four months.
Gladiator 2 lands in movie theaters on November 22nd 2024.
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