Deadline has revealed that Apple Studios has secured Ridley Scott‘s Napoleon film Kitbag that will star recent Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix, the pair had previously worked together on Gladiator. They also reveal production is expected to begin early 2022 in the United Kingdom.
All The Money In The World screenwriter David Scarpa penned the script.
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.
Ridley Scott is supposed to begin shooting his fashion world crime thriller Gucci next year and is finishing-up the post-production of The Last Duel. He’s also producing an original earthbound Alien universe series for FX on Hulu coming from Noah Hawley and has stated he’s talking with 20th Century Studios about a follow-up to Alien: Covenant.