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Apple to produce Kitbag, Ridley Scott’s Napoleon movie


Joaquin Phoenix will be at the top of the bill, in the role of Bonaparte, future emperor, on the rise to power, through the prism of his relationship with Josephine.

The Apple studio to produce the Ridley Scott film Kitbag, dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, with Oscar-winning American comedian Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role. The feature film will focus on the start of the future emperor’s journey and his rise to power, through the prism of his relationship with Jos√©phine, who became his wife in 1796, Apple told AFP.

This is screenwriter David Scarpa, already at work on the film All the money in the world (2017), who wrote the script for Kitbag (canvas travel bag), whose release date has not yet been announced. This new project will be an opportunity for Ridley Scott to reconnect with the period covered in his very first feature film, The Duelists (1977), which had earned him, in Cannes, the prize for the first work. The film was set under the Empire and had as its hero a Napoleonic hussar (played by Harvey Keitel). This time it is comedian Joaquin Phoenix, 46, awarded for his lead role in Joker at the last Oscars, which will be at the top of the bill, in the role of the most famous Corsican in France.

Apple already had a partnership with the 83-year-old British director and his production company Scott Free Productions on TV projects for its Apple TV + video platform. After launching Apple TV + in November 2019 with programming mainly consisting of series, the Cupertino (California) group has since invested heavily in cinema. He notably produced Cherry, Anthony and Joe Russo’s first film since Avengers: Endgame, and scheduled for release on March 12. The platform is also committed to producing the next film by Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon, whose budget is around $ 200 million, according to several American media.

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