Joaquin Phoenix to Play Napoleon in New Ridley Scott Film
He will portray the French leader in 'Kitbag'
Published Oct 14, 2020Joaquin Phoenix is moving on from being the Joker to Napoleon, as the actor is set to play the French military leader and emperor in a new film from Ridley Scott.
The film is being titled Kitbag, and it will follow Scott's upcoming The Last Duel and Gucci — not to mention his recently released TV series Raised by Wolves. The script for the film will come from screenwriter David Scarpa, who previously worked with Scott on All the Money in the World.
As Deadline reports, the film's name comes from the saying "There is a general's staff hidden in every soldier's kitbag."
As for the plot, Deadline reports the following: "The film is 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."
At this point, it's unclear when Kitbag may see release. But considering Scott already has two other features to get out into the world first, it may be a little while.