Connie Nielsen has revealed plans are still afoot for a sequel to Gladiator — 20 years after the original movie graced cinema screens.
The actor, who played Lucilla in the film, told EW that all involved are waiting for a gap in director Ridley Scott's "very tight schedule" in order to make the project happen.
Rumours of a Gladiator sequel had swirled for years given the popularity of the Oscar-winning historical drama, but the project gained momentum in 2018.
The new project was set to focus on Lucius, the son of Nielsen's character — sister of Joaquin Phoenix's malevolent Emperor Commodus.
“I think it's just a question of which film is coming first in Ridley's very tight schedule,” Nielsen said.
“And then I think it's a question of COVID and can we get back to work.
“But I would be interested in doing [the film], for sure. I mean, it's obviously a wonderful project, so of course I would be interested.”
Given his death in the first movie, Russell Crowe's Maximus would be unlikely to return in a large role.
However, Scott has an idea to bring back Maximus, telling EW in 2017: “There is a way of bringing him back.
“Whether it will happen I don’t know. Gladiator was 2000, so Russell’s changed a little bit.”
Nielsen also revealed that Scott was instrumental in making the Lucilla character more progressive, ensuring she was “the smartest person in the room” in her scenes.
She added: “Ridley really was intent on making this character an equal to those men, if not even more than an equal.
“And I think that he heard me loud and clear when I complained at our very first meeting of the way that Hollywood treats women.”
Gladiator was a huge success with audiences and critics on its original release, scoring $461m (£378m) at the worldwide box office.
It won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Crowe, from 12 nominations.