Djimon Hounsou who played Jubi in the original Gladiator confirms he won’t be returning for Ridley Scott’s sequel.
Scott’s much-anticipated sequel is scheduled for release next year. The storyline will focus on a older Lucius, portrayed by Paul Mescal. While the ending of original Gladiator sees Russell Crowe’s Maximus succumbing to his injuries, there have been persistent rumors suggesting the return of Hounsou’s character, Juba, who survived the events of the first film.
As the release date for Gladiator 2 draws near, Hounsou discloses in an interview with BroBible that he won’t be returning to reprise his role in the sequel after all. Although previous reports of Juba’s comeback weren’t entirely off the mark, the actor clarifies that it was once a possibility but is no longer part of the plan.
“Honestly, no. And this was a pure accident in the way it unfolded. I was going to be part of it. Circumstances dictated it to be something different.”
Gladiator 2 is set to unfold several years after the events depicted in the first film, showcasing a grown-up Lucius. It’s logical to infer that over the intervening years, numerous characters from the first film may have passed away or pursued their own paths, largely away from Lucius’ life.
Gladiator 2 releases on November 22, 2024.