Ridley Scott’s ‘Napoleon’: plot, cast, release date and more

The Apple Original film is Phoenix’s first collaboration with Scott, following his Oscar-nominated role in 2000’s Gladiator.

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More than two decades since Joaquin Phoenix earned his first Oscar nomination for playing a bumbling Roman emperor, the Oscar winner reunites with Gladiator director Ridley Scott for another epic period piece.

Originally titled ‘Kitbag’, the historical drama ‘Napoleon’ follows the life of the infamous monarch and his love affair with his wife Josephine, played by Vanessa Kirby.

According to the official synopsis, “Kitbag” takes an original and personal look at Napoleon’s origins and rise to swift, ruthless emperor through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine. The film aims to capture Napoleon’s famous battles, ruthless ambitions and astonishing strategic mind as an extraordinary military leader and war visionary.

Director Scott teamed up again with “All the Money in the World” scribe David Scarpa for the screenplay, and Scott and Kevin Walsh produced “Napoleon” for Scott Free Productions. Apple Studios is behind the project after it was first announced in 2020 with 20th Century.

Production of “Napoleon” began in February 2022 and was completed in May of the same year. Apple will release it in theaters this November, before streaming on Apple TV+ at an as-yet-unannounced date.

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