Ridley Scott’s film dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte and starring Joaquin Phoenix is no longer called Kitbag but Napoleon.
The Apple film, which began shooting earlier this month in Oxfordshire, is preparing to be one of the flagship films of the year and sees Phoenix starring alongside Vanessa Kirby, who played Princess Margaret in the first two seasons of The Crown.
Napoleon is said to tell the story of Bonaparte’s rise to prominence in France, showcasing both his political prowess and his many military battles that helped him make a name for himself.
The film is also reported to give focus to the relationship between Napoleon and his wife Empress Josephine, whose marriage was annulled in 1810 by Napoleon due to a lack of heirs.
Talking to Deadline, Scott revealed that Napoleon will have no less than six major battle sequences, which is pared down from the actual Napoleon’s 61 battles throughout his life. Scott said:
“I came in saying the sell for me was, I want to do Napoleon and I want to have Joaquin Phoenix,”
“On top of that, there’s also his entire career-he did 61 battles. I’m trying to tell the story where we see six important battles.”
When asked about his desire to make big-budget epic films that have been so prominent in his career, Scott said that he has a fascination with it saying:
“I’ve got a fascination with the beauty of history and the beauty of architecture, the beauty of costumes and, y’know, history constantly repeats itself cause we don’t learn shit by history.”
Scott’s most recent historical film, The Last Duel, written by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Nicole Holofcener, was a commercial flop but was well-received critically.
Napoleon is expected to be released on Apple TV+ in 2023.