Deadline is reporting that Phoenix will reunite with his Gladiator director to play the French emperor and military leader in the historical epic, which is set to start shooting in early 2022. The screenplay to Kitbag was written by David Scarpa, the man behind Scott’s All The Money in the World (a film which didn’t star Kevin Spacey).
“Napoleon is a man I’ve always been fascinated by. He came out of nowhere to rule everything — but all the while he was waging a romantic war with his adulterous wife Josephine. He conquered the world to try to win her love, and when he couldn’t, he conquered it to destroy her, and destroyed himself in the process.”
“No actor could ever embody Napoleon like Joaquin. He created one of movie history’s most complex Emperors in Gladiator, and we’ll create another with his Napoleon. It’s a brilliant script written by David Scarpa, and today there’s no better partner than Apple to bring a story like this to a global audience.”
This sounds like yet another intriguing historical epic from Scott – a man who makes films at a pace like no other.
He’s currently putting the finishing touches to The Last Duel starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck and gearing-up to film Gucci, which is set to star Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Adam Driver, Jared Leto and Jeremy Irons.