Ridley Scott’s historical drama follows the renowned leader from military general to Emperor of France, emphasizing his turbulent connection with the lady who would become his wife, Joséphine.
Joaquin Phoenix plays Napoleon, alongside Vanessa Kirby as Joséphine, and Tahar Rahim as Paul Barras, the revolutionary army’s commissioner who elevated Napoleon to general.
Napoleon Release Date
It is scheduled for release in 2023, but no date has been given.
Since production began in February 2022, it will be some time before we see any video.
Where Might I Catch a Glimpse of Napoleon?
Because Apple TV+ produces it, it should be accessible in theatres and on the streaming service if the studio maintains its existing release schedule.
It is anticipated to chronicle Napoleon’s meteoric ascent and collapses.
Napoleon progressed fast through the military ranks during the French Revolution. In 1799, as a commander, he staged a coup d’etat and declared himself leader.
He then enlarged his dominion by waging war against European states. In January 2021, director Ridley Scott told Deadline, “Napoleon is a man I’ve always been captivated with.”
“He appeared out of nowhere to take control of everything – while simultaneously fighting an intense battle with his unfaithful wife, Josephine. He won the world in an attempt to gain her love, and when he failed, he conquered it to destroy her, and in the process, he destroyed himself.”
The Film’s Name Has Changed
Until recently, the film was titled Kitbag, allegedly about the proverb “Every soldier’s kitbag contains a general’s staff.” It has been renamed Napoleon to be a little more straightforward.
Before Vanessa Kirby, Jodie Comer Was Set to Play Joséphine
The Killing Eve actress, most recently featured in Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, signed on to portray Joséphine in 2021; it was revealed on 4 January 2022 that she would have to withdraw owing to schedule conflicts caused by the epidemic. Hours later, it was rumored that Vanessa Kirby, an Oscar nominee, would take her place.
It’s Being Filmed Across the Uk – and Further Afield, Too
Napoleon will be shot mainly in the United Kingdom, with several sequences set at Lincoln, Blenheim Palace, West Wycombe Park, and Kettering’s Boughton House.
According to the BBC, Lincoln Cathedral is being converted into a set, with residents guessing that it may serve as a stand-in for Notre Dame, the site of Napoleon’s coronation.
The film will also shoot in Malta in May, with Fort Ricasoli turned into Toulon, the location of Napoleon’s first triumph in 1793.
It Marks a Cinematic Reunion
Napoleon reunites Joaquin Phoenix and Ridley Scott for the first time since Gladiator, in which the former starred as Commodus, the power-crazed Roman tyrant. “There will never be another actor who can depict Napoleon like Joaquin,” Scott told Deadline.
“With Gladiator, he produced one of the most complicated emperors in film history, and with Napoleon, we’ll make another.” And what about after Napoleon? Scott is preparing to begin production on Gladiator 2, which has come a long time.
The Costumes Are Sure To Be Stunning
Janty Yates – the costume designer who has collaborated with Scott on everything from Gladiator and Robin Hood to The Last Duel and House of Gucci – is back for Napoleon, which means beautiful chiffon, silk, and lace gowns in neoclassical designs will be on display.
Keep an eye out for Napoleon and Joséphine’s extravagant coronation gowns: he wore a gold-embroidered white satin tunic and a red velvet cloak decorated with golden bees, while she donned a white satin gown with puffed sleeves and gold embellishments.
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Get Ready for Battles Galore
Napoleon has enlisted former paratrooper Paul Biddiss, the 1917 military advisor, to assist in bringing its fighting sequences to life, which will take number six in all, according to Deadline. They will also not scrimp on spectacle, knowing Scott.
Ultimately, Napoleon Will Be About Love
The French leader met Joséphine, a 32-year-old single mother of two, when he was a 26-year-old officer.
They fell in love and married soon after that, but both were rumored to have affairs, which resulted in a divorce in 1810.
When Deadline inquired about Scott’s reaction to the film, Scott stated that he had “narrowed it down to what was so necessary for Napoleon to this lady, and what became so necessary for this woman to Napoleon Bonaparte?” What is the significance of this connection?” We’ll have to wait until next year to find out.