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Gladiator II filming crews and Paul Mescal spotted in Sussex

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A field off Devil’s Dyke Road, Hove, was used for crews to park their cars, production vans and even stables for the horses. 

The Irish actor was filming scenes in character on the South Downs. 

Gladiators II filming took place on the South Downs (Image: Tom Benford)

The 28-year-old will play Roman Empire Lucius Verus, the grown-up son of Lucilla, who was a child in the Oscar-winning original from 2000 starring Russell Crowe.

Paul Mescal won an Olivier Award for his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in a 2022 revival of the play A Streetcar Named DesirePaul Mescal won an Olivier Award for his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in a 2022 revival of the play A Streetcar Named Desire

Battle scenes were filmed with horses on the fields and many extras were lying on the ground. 

READ MORE: Paul Mescal ‘I’ll do a dull play if Gladiator gives me global fame’

Filming for Gladiator II first took place in Morocco, in particular in the Ouarzazate area, but these reshoots happened in Sussex over the weekend. 

The original classic earned $465 million worldwide from a $103 million budget and won five Oscars including Best Picture after its run in 2000.

Photos from a glider show the crews in the South Downs near Devil's DykePhotos from a glider show the crews in the South Downs near Devil’s Dyke (Image: Jon Evans)

As well as heartthrob Paul Mescal, the film will star Denzel Washington and Pedro Pascal. 

In a previous interview, the Irish actor told the Sunday Times he is not sure how starring in Gladiator will impact his life.

The Olivier Award winner added: “Maybe that’s naive? Is it just that more people will stop you in the street? I’d get profoundly depressed if that’s so and hope it isn’t true.

“I’ll have an answer next year, but if [Gladiator II] impacts my life in that way, I’ll be in a bad spot. I’d have to move on and do an obtuse play nobody wants to see.”

Tom Benford, a designer and artist from Brighton, spotted the filming.

He said crews were wearing hoodies which said Gladiator II on them. 

“I believe they were packing up on Sunday,” he added.

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