With SAG strike having started a week ago joining the writers strike many productions have pretty much shut down almost immediately. But details are now emerging of how the SAG strike hit Gladiator 2 and Wicked two production that were well into filming.
Perhaps the most frustrating is that of Wicked which only had ten days left of shooting to complete. The production is to be a two part film and though its still on for a November 2024 release composer Stephen Schwartz called it: “quite frustrating in a way” but he has “great sympathy and support of the unions that are striking”. Director Jon M. Chu add: “We were only a few days away from being done so we were SO close”. Despite it being: “very painful to put a halt to it all,” he added: “we stand with you” in regards to his actors on strike.
meanwhile Gladiator 2 was halfway through its three month shoot and the closing down of production came in the midst of what is described as a very complicated and complex sequence with star Paul Mescal and several hundred extras inside a replica of the Roman Colosseum. Once the production was confirmed as closed the stars were on the first plane home apparently including Denzel Washington and Pedro Pascal. The cast also includes Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou and perhaps most surprisingly Matt Lucas!
It is not the first time that director Ridley Scott has had to deal with disrupted productions which occurred most famously with his film All the Money in the World that starred Kevin Spacey and had been completed when the sexual allegations against the actor broke. Fearful of the effect on the films box office the role was recast with the late Christopher Plummer and all the scenes reshot in noe days with Plummer them earning an Oscar nomination
related feature: Christopher Plummer obituary