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Joaquin Phoenix To Star As Napoleon In Ridley Scott Epic

Joaquin Phoenix To Star As Napoleon In Ridley Scott Epic

Joaquin Phoenix is set to star as Napoleon Bonaparte in a new Ridley Scott movie.

Kitbag will follow the origins of the French dictator, focusing on his tempestuous relationship with his love, Josephine.

Deadline reports that the aim of the epic is to understand the man behind the ferocious intent and military skill.

It's understood the title of the film derives from the saying: "There is a general's staff hidden in every soldier's kitbag."

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Production has yet to begin and the iconic director has several other films in the pipeline as well as this, including Gucci, an MGM movie, with Lady Gaga starring alongside the likes of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

Joaquin Phoenix will play Napoleon in the movie. Credit: PA
Joaquin Phoenix will play Napoleon in the movie. Credit: PA

Earlier this year, it was also announced that Scott was working on a script for a sequel to Gladiator.

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Producer Doug Wick revealed that the director was working on something special.

Speaking to ComicBook.com, he said: "Ridley would love to do it. It's really all about getting something on paper.

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"Everyone [involved with the original] loves the movie too much to ever consider cheaply exploiting it and making something that's a shadow of it.

"It's just really a clear creative problem, working on a script, and if we can ever get it to a place... Ridley's working on it, it's really just a question of whether we can get it to a place where it feels worthy to make it. It's a real challenge."

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Offering more information on plans for the film, fellow producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald revealed the movie would be set 25 to 30 years after the original.

Ridley Scott's new movie will focus on the dictator's relationship with Josephine. Credit: PA
Ridley Scott's new movie will focus on the dictator's relationship with Josephine. Credit: PA
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They told Hey U Guys: "We're working with Ridley. That's one we wouldn't touch unless we felt in a way to do it was legitimate.

"We're working with an amazing writer as well, Peter Craig."

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Walter added: "It picks up the story 30 years later... 25 years later."

And by the sounds of things, Russell Crowe is keen to be involved in any plans for another movie.

He said: "I haven't talked to Doug in a long, long time. Last time I talked to Doug, he said he had this great idea where Maximus gets carried from the stadium and they pull back this big rock and he gets put into this cave and then the rock closes over and he's anointed with oils. And then the rock opens up and he comes out.

"And I said, 'Doug, I don't think we have the rights to that story'. But that was a long, long time ago and I don't think he appreciated my sense of humor at the time."

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Topics: History, US Entertainment

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Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]