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Two-Time Academy Award Winner Anthony Hopkins Joins the Cast of Roland Emmerich's Spectacular Gladiator Series "Those About to Die"
 

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THOSE ABOUT TO DIE is an epic drama set in the complex and corrupt world of spectacle-driven gladiatorial competition. The series introduces an ensemble of diverse characters from all parts of Roman society who collide at the intersection of sports, politics and dynasties of the ancient world.

 Hopkins, the first major cast member announced for the project, plays Vespasian, the Emperor of Rome and head of the Flavian bloodline. He is battle tested, a rural upstart who claimed his throne after victory in a bloody ten-year civil war. He is aging and is despised by the Patricians jockeying for position in the Empire and looking to supplant his heirs to the throne the first chance they get.

‘Those About To Die’: More Cast Join Anthony Hopkins In Peacock’s Gladiator Series
 

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Lorenzo Richelmy, Tom Hughes, Sara Martins, Jojo Macari, Gabriella Pession, Dimitri Leonidas and Moe Hashim will join Anthony Hopkins in the AGC Television series

Hughes (The English, Dancing on the Edge) will play Titus Flavianus, the elder son and of Vespasian and apparent heir to the Imperial throne, and Macari (Sex Education, Masters of the Air) plays younger son Domitian. Richelmy (Marco Polo, Fifteen Love) has now been cast as ambitious crime boss Tenax. Martins (Pigalle, Citadel) will play ruthless trader Cala, Hashim (Ted Lasso) is her son Kwame, Pession (Ferdinando e Carolina, Station 19) is politician and ruthless patrician Antonia, and Leonidas (The Monuments Men, Masters of the Air) plays Scorpus, the preeminent charioteer of the age.

 

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https://deadline.com/2023/03/those-about-to-die-peacock-iwan-theon-roman-empire-drama-shooting-begins-1235304363/

Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton from Game of Thrones) has replaced Lorenzo Richelmy (Marco Polo) who dropped out because of scheduling conflicts.

The only other name I recognise in the cast besides Hopkins and Tom Hughes is Rupert Penry-Jones, who seems to be playing an ambitious patrician.

I am a sucker for historical dramas, especially those set in Ancient Rome.  Really looking forward to this.  No word on release date yet.

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Those About to Die is a 10 episode TV Series with all the episodes released on July 18, 2024 on Peacock. Those About to Die is set in the corrupt world of the spectacle-driven gladiatorial competition, exploring a side of ancient Rome never before told - the dirty business of entertaining the masses, giving the mob what they want most... blood and sport. The series introduces an ensemble of characters from all corners of the Roman Empire who collide at the explosive intersection of sports, politics, and dynasties around AD 72. Those About to Die is based on a 1958 non-fiction novel of the same name.

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Anthony Hopkins as Emperor Flavius Vespasian, the Emperor of Rome and head of the Flavian bloodline. He is battle tested, a rural upstart who claimed his throne after victory in a bloody ten-year civil war. He is aging and is despised by the Patricians jockeying for position in the Empire and looking to supplant his heirs to the throne the first chance they get.

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Tom Hughes as Titus Flavianus, the elder son of Vespasian and apparent heir to the Imperial throne

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Jojo Macari as Domitian, the younger son of Vespasian 

Rupert Penry-Jones as Marsus, a wealthy patrician and retired general who desire’s the throne. Marsus and Antonia are a couple who own a chariot team that is Tenax's main rival

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Gabriella Pession as Antonia, politician and ruthless patrician 

Alicia Ann Edogamhe as Jula, a slave who is sold to Marsus and Antonia

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Dimitri Leonidas as Scorpus, the preeminent charioteer of the age

Liraz Charhi as Berenice, queen of the conquered Judea’s held captive in Rome.

Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Viggo, Norse gladiator 

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Iwan Rheon as Tenax, an ambitious crime boss, a games master who is attempting to start a new faction of chariot racers 

Eneko Sagardoy as Andria, one of the three Corsi brothers, they have access to the swiftest Andalusian horses 

Pepe Barroso as Fonsoa, one of the three Corsi brothers 

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Gonçalo Almeida as Elia, one of the three Corsi brothers 

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Sara Martins as Cala, ruthless trader, who is trying to protect her family from being sold into slavery

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Moe Hashim as Kwame, Cala's son 

Kyshan Wilson as Aura, female gladiator in training 

Romana Maggiora Vergano as Selena 

Emilio Sakraya as Xenon 

David Wurawa as Gavros 

Lara Wolf as Berenice 

Angeliqa Devi as Caltonia 

Luke Conor as Bosa 

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Get a first look at Anthony Hopkins' Roman Empire series Those About to Die

Those About to Die provides and accurate if not completely factual account of the Roman Empire at that time. The Roman state was spending a massive percentage of its resources on the gladiatorial games. Sometimes they would have 200 days of games a year. The Circus Maximus sat 250,000 people, with 35,000 people living, working, and conscripted beneath the building, providing the entertainment. 

Dimitri Leonidas as Scorpus, the preeminent charioteer of the age under Tenax's newly formed racing team

Kyshan Wilson as Aura, daughter of Cala, forced into slavery 

Alicia Edogamhe as Jula, daughter of Cala, forced into slavery 

Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Viggo, Norse gladiator who partners with Kwame

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