Jodie Comer to join Joaquin Phoenix in Kitbag
Staff Reporter | On 03, Mar 2021
Jodie Comer looks set to join Joaquin Phoenix in Ridley Scott’s Napoleon Bonaparte biopic, Kitbag.
Reuniting a decade after Gladiator, the epic will see the Joker star take on the role of the French emperor and military leader. Written by David Scarpa (All the Money in the World), the project was boarded by Apple Studios at the start of this year.
It will follow Napoleon’s rise to emperor and his volatile relationship with his wife, Josephine. Now, Scott has found his choice for the role, with Deadline reporting that Scott is keen to reunite with Comer after her performance in The Last Duel, which wrapped production at the end of last year.
Also on Comer’s slate is Season 4 of Killing Eve, expected to film later this year, while Scott is finishing off MGM crime thriller House of Gucci starring Lady Gaga.
Kitbag: Joaquin Phoenix and Ridley Scott Napoleon epic heads to Apple TV+
15th January 2021
Apple TV+ will be the home of Kitbag, the new Napoleon Bonaparte epic from Ridley Scott and Joaquin Phoenix.
Reuniting a decade after Gladiator, the epic will see the Joker star take on the role of the French emperor and military leader. Written by David Scarpa (All the Money in the World), the project first went to Scott as part of his deal with 20th Century Studios, but Apple Studios has now closed a deal for the global rights for the project and will finance and produce the project.
It will follow Napoleon’s rise to emperor and his volatile relationship with his wife, Josephine.
“Napoleon is a man I’ve always been fascinated by,” Scott told Deadline. “He came out of nowhere to rule everything — but all the while he was waging a romantic war with his adulterous wife Josephine. He conquered the world to try to win her love, and when he couldn’t, he conquered it to destroy her, and destroyed himself in the process.”
“No actor could ever embody Napoleon like Joaquin,” Scott added. “He created one of movie history’s most complex Emperors in Gladiator, and we’ll create another with his Napoleon. It’s a brilliant script written by David Scarpa, and today there’s no better partner than Apple to bring a story like this to a global audience.”
The project is the latest high-profile movie to be backed by Apple’s streaming arm, joining Antoine Fuqua’s Emancipation, starring Will Smith, and Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.