Joaquin Phoenix to play Napoleon Bonaparte in Ridley Scott film ‘Kitbag’

Carla Harmon
October 17, 2020

Joaquin Phoenix has booked a new gig since becoming a father.

Joaquin Phoenix will be reuniting with director Ridley Scott, who directed him in 2000's Oscar victor Gladiator, in another period epic.

Plans are now in motion for Ridley Scott to direct Kitbag, which will star Joanquin Phoenix as Napoleon Bonaparte, the French statesman and military leader who ruled as Emperor of the French primarily from 1804 to 1815. Kitbag will see Ridley Scott tackle the story of Napoleon in what's described as an "original and personal look at Napoleon's origins and his swift, ruthless climb to the emperor".


The role of Napoleon will be another huge one for Phoenix, who has previously played historical figures as varied as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line and Jesus Christ in Mary Magdalene, as well as Commodus.

Napoleon rose to power during France's revolutionary wars and became emperor in 1804.

He was exiled to the island of Elba and then to Saint Helena, where he died in 1821.


As the portal notes Deadline, the name of the picture comes from the saying: "Every soldier carries a marshal's baton in his knapsack".

After the overwhelming success of Joker, it seems like Joaquin Phoenix is all set to play another iconic role on screen. Interestingly, this very French historical figure been played on film by non-French actors twice as often as he has by a fellow countryman, which suggests he inspires a level of cross-cultural fascination that, say, Winston Churchill or General George S Patton do not.

Mara, 35, and Phoenix met on the set of the 2013 film Her and made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. But considering Scott already has two other features to get out into the world first, it may be a little while.


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