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Paul Mescal Announces Barbenheimer 2.0 With Same-Day Releases of ‘Gladiator II’ and ‘Wicked’ and Calls Them ‘Glicked’

Paul Mescal Announces Barbenheimer 2.0 With Same-Day Releases of ‘Gladiator II’ and ‘Wicked’ and Calls Them ‘Glicked’

Paul Mescal hopes the premiere will take place on the same day Gladiator II AND Mean will be a continuation Barbenheimer.

Last year, Barbie doll AND Oppenheimer were released on the same day, becoming box office phenomena. The Greta Gerwig-directed film opened to $162 million, while the Christopher Nolan-directed film opened to $82.4 million.

Mescal says audiences will head to the box office later this year to catch both films on the weekend of Friday, November 22.

Wickdiator doesn’t sound very natural, does it? I think I’d rather He clicked if it has a similar effect to the one that had Barbie doll AND Oppenheimer“Mescal said in an interview with Entertainment tonight.

Mescal continued, “It would be amazing because I think the movies couldn’t be more polar opposites and it’s worked in that context before. So I’m rooting for people to come out and see both movies on opening weekend.”

Gladiator II is a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 2000 film GladiatorThe sequel is set many years after the original, with Mescal taking over the role of Lucius, played by Spencer Treat Clark in the 2000 film. Lucius is the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). The film also stars Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn, and Denzel Washington.

Meandirected by Jon M. Chu, stars Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande as Elphaba and Glinda, respectively. The film is an adaptation of the Broadway musical, and also stars Michelle Yeoh, Jeff Goldblum, Jonathan Bailey, Ethan Slater, Marissa Bode, Bowen Yang, Bronwyn James, Keala Settle, and Peter Dinklage. Mean has been divided into two parts, and the premiere of the second part is scheduled for December 25, 2025.