Kitbag: Joaquin Phoenix to Portray Napoleon Bonaparte in Ridley Scott Biopic

Brenda Watkins
October 17, 2020

Variety reports that the Oscar victor will play French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in Kitbag.

This is the first time Phoenix and Scott are working together again since the 2000 epic Gladiator.

Ridley Scott will workforce with Joaquin Phoenix for Kitbag, with the Oscar-winning Joker star to play French army chief and emperor Napoleon. After that, he might be starting to work on Kitbag starring Academy Award actor Joaquin Phoenix.

After the overwhelming success of Joker, it seems like Joaquin Phoenix is all set to play another iconic role on screen. It is viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife, muse, and a true love, Josephine.

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David Scarpa, the writer of the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still and Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World, is writing the script for Kitbag.

As reported by Deadline, the movie's title comes from the saying, "There is a general's staff hidden in every soldier's kitbag". The job will be led and created by Scott by his Scott Free production firm with Kevin Walsh also generating. The article goes on to further describe the intention of the film is to capture Napoleon's relentless ambition and strategic mind through his many battles and how he used that vision to gain power the way he did.

Scott will direct Kitbag after he directs Lady Gaga in a movie about the murder of Maurizio Gucci. That alone will make him very different from numerous better-known depictions of Napoleon in cinema over the years - perhaps thanks to Gillray, he's often been a gag character in English-language productions, from James Tolkan's frisky portrayal in Woody Allen's Love and Death, to Ian Holm's cantankerous take in Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits and Terry Camilleri visiting a water park and going ten-pin bowling in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. The actor is known for his eclectic performances and roles.

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