Joaquin Phoenix will star as French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in Kitbag , a film by director Ridley Scott. Deadline reports this .
The film will be about Napoleon’s private life, his rise as a military leader and emperor, and the love for his wife Josephine.
Napoleon (born 1769) came to power in the last phase of the French Revolution. He conquered large parts of Europe with the French army, after which he was defeated and exiled to the island of Elba. He returned but was again defeated at Waterloo. Napoleon was exiled a second time, this time to the island of Saint Helena, where he died in 1821 at the age of 51.
Phoenix (45) and the 83-year-old Scott previously worked together on Gladiator (2000). For that movie Phoenix was nominated for an Oscar. Scott also received an Oscar nomination for Gladiator , as well as for his films The Martian , Black Hawk Down and Thelma & Louise .
When Kitbag will appear has not yet been announced.