Anthony Hopkins joins the cast of Peacock drama Those Who Will Die based on the book that inspired Gladiator

Anthony Hopkins joins the cast of Peacock drama Those Who Will Die based on the book that inspired Gladiator

Sir Anthony Hopkins has joined the cast of the upcoming Peacock series Those About to Die based on the book that inspired the 2000 film Gladiator.

The 84-year-old Welsh actor will play Emperor Vespasian in German director Roland Emmerich’s epic period drama, 67, according to a report by Deadline on Wednesday.

The series was inspired by Daniel P. Mannix’s 1958 book Those About to Die, which also inspired the movie Gladiator starring 58-year-old Russell Crowe as Maximus.

Gladiator series: Sir Anthony Hopkins, presented last March in Los Angeles, has joined the cast of the next Peacock series Those who will die based on the book that inspired the 2000 film Gladiator

Gladiator series: Sir Anthony Hopkins, presented last March in Los Angeles, has joined the cast of the next Peacock series Those who will die based on the book that inspired the 2000 film Gladiator

Vespasian was a Roman Emperor who reigned from 69 to 79 AD and during his reign the Flavian Amphitheater was built, better known today as the Roman Colosseum.

Those About to Die will be set in the “complex and corrupt” world of gladiator competition and follow an ensemble cast of characters from all walks of Roman society.

An official synopsis describes the aging Vespasian as “despised by patricians who vie for position in the Empire and seek to supplant his heirs to the throne at the earliest opportunity”.

Emmerich, in addition to directing, will also produce the series with writer Robert Rodat.

Popular film: Russell Crowe is shown in an image from the 2000 film Gladiator which was also inspired by the book Those Who Will Die

Popular film: Russell Crowe is shown in an image from the 2000 film Gladiator which was also inspired by the book Those Who Will Die

German director: Roland Emmerich, shown in November 2019, will direct the Peacock series

German director: Roland Emmerich, shown in November 2019, will direct the Peacock series

Hopkins won an Oscar in 2021 for his performance in The Father and also won the Best Actor Oscar for his work in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.

Emmerich directed, co-wrote and co-produced the 2022 sci-fi disaster movie Moonfall which was a box office bomb after grossing just $67 million worldwide.

The film starring Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson was released in February 2022 to critical acclaim.

Oscar winner: Hopkins is shown as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in a still from the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs

Oscar winner: Hopkins is shown as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in a still from the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs

Hopkins began his acting career in the 1960s and made his film debut in the 1967 British short film The White Bus.

He was knighted in 1993 by the late Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the theatre.

Hopkins recently portrayed Odin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and starred in the HBO series Westworld.

Sci-fi disaster: Emmerich directed, co-wrote and co-produced the 2022 sci-fi disaster film Moonfall which was a box office bomb after grossing just $67 million worldwide and is shown with the stars of the film Patrick Wilson and Halle Berry in January 2022 in Hollywood

Sci-fi disaster: Emmerich directed, co-wrote and co-produced the 2022 sci-fi disaster film Moonfall which was a box office bomb after grossing just $67 million worldwide and is shown with the stars of the film Patrick Wilson and Halle Berry in January 2022 in Hollywood

Prolific actor: Hopkins recently starred in the HBO series Westworld and is shown in a photo from 2018

Prolific actor: Hopkins recently starred in the HBO series Westworld and is shown in a photo from 2018

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