Ridley Scott to direct Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon in new epic drama
Joaquin Phoenix is to play Napoleon Bonaparte in a new epic from Ridley Scott.
According to Deadline, the film is set to be titled Kitbag.
David Scarpa, who wrote All The Money In The World for Scott, is currently writing the screenplay.
The film’s title is taken from the saying “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag."
It is billed as a personal look at Napoleon’s origins and his ascent as he works his way from officer and artillery commander to eventually becoming emperor of France.
The movie will also explore his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife Josephine.
Scott is currently finishing work on 14th century French epic The Last Duel, which stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck.
The film follows best friends Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris are ordered to fight to the death after Carrouges accuses Le Gris of raping his wife. Affleck and Damon have written the script.
After he completes work on The Last Duel, Scott's next project begins in Italy in March with new drama, Gucci.
That will star Lady Gaga as the murderess Patrizia Reggiani with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Adam Driver and Jared Leto set to be among the supporting cast.
Phoenix will next be seen in tender drama, C'mon, C'mon, the new movie from 20th Century Women director Mike Mills.