Joaquin Phoenix to Play Napoleon; Reuniting with ‘Gladiator’ Director Ridley Scott

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Joaquin Phoenix will be reuniting with director Ridley Scott, who directed him in 2000’s Oscar winner Gladiator, in another period epic.

Phoenix has signed up to star in Kitbag, a 20th Century Studios film that will have him playing French emperor and military commander Napoleon. Scott is to direct from a screenplay currently being written by David Scarpa, who penned Scott’s All the Money in the World and whose credits include 2008’s The Day the Earth Stood Still and 2001’s The Last Castle.

Deadline broke the news, reporting that the film’s titled Kitbag is “derived from the saying “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag.” The picture is to be…

… an original and personal look at Napoleon’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine. The intention of the film is to capture Napoleon’s famous battles, relentless ambition and astounding strategic mind as an extraordinary military leader and war visionary.

Scott is moving from project to project these days. The Alien and The Martian director just wrapped shooting The Last Duel, a Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Adam Driver starrer set in Medieval France. He’s now moving straight to Gucci, which will star Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani, the woman who ordered the murder of her husband, fashion brand businessman Maurizio Gucci. Kitbag will follow.

Joaquin Phoenix is coming off the back of his first Oscar win for Joker. The actor’s next film is C’mon, C’mon, a drama from Beginners and 20th Century Women director Mike Mills.

Ridley Scott | 20th Century Fox

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