Egyptian-Palestinian May Calamawy to join cast of Oscar-winning Gladiator sequel

Ahram Online , Monday 22 May 2023

Egyptian-Palestinian actress May Calamawy is joining the cast of the Gladiator's sequel as a female lead, where she will perform besides Pedro Pascal, Denzel Washington, Connie Nielsen, Lior Raz, Derek Jacobi, among others.

May Calamawy


Directed by Ridley Scott, the Gladiator sequel is scheduled for release in 2024.

Coming from the same director, the 2000 Gladiator won two Oscars in 2001: Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Russell Crowe). It also won a BAFTA Best Film the same year, among more than 40 other awards and almost hundreds of nominations.

Born in 1986, in Bahrain to an Egyptian father and a Palestinian-Jordanian mother, Calamawy completed her undergraduate studies in acting at Emerson College and continued her studies at William Esper Studio. 

She is known for the award-winning Hulu show Ramy, National Geographic's The Long Road Home, CBS' FBI and Madame Secretary, and NBC's The Brave.

In 2021, she joined the cast of Moon Knight directed by Egyptian Mohamed Diab for Disney+.
Besides the Gladiator sequel currently in production, Calamawy is also working on a film titled The Actor, directed and written by Duke Johnson, and scheduled for release in 2024.


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