Napoleon Joaquin Phoenix Battle

Ridley Scott is much fitter at 85 than the vast majority of current Hollywood directors, and he has shown it again with the trailer for ‘Napoleon’. The film starring Joaquin Phoenix has gone from being an online premiere (it was going to be released directly on Apple TV +) to having a distribution in theaters around the world and being one of the firm candidates to win the Oscars this yearin a decision that, having seen the first images of the film, fans of the big screen and the cinematographic experience greatly appreciate.


The first trailer for ‘Napoleon’ serves as a promise of a film full of large scale epic battlesextolling the figure as a strategist of the French Emperor and focusing on his rise to power and, above all, on his relationship with Josephine Beauharnais (Vanessa Kirby, who this week premieres ‘Mission Impossible: Deadly Judgment – Part 1’)

The tape was previously named ‘Kitbag’, in reference to the English proverb: “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag”. However, in the end it will only be called ‘Napoleon’, a name that reminds us of the mythical unfinished project of Stanley Kubrick.

Scott stated at the film’s presentation a few months ago that ‘Napoleon’ will be “an original and personal look at the origins of Napoleon and his rapid and ruthless rise to emperor, seen through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josefina. While the intention of the film is to capture Napoleon’s famous battles, ambition and strategic mind, the love story he had with Josefina is just as important for the origins and the way he became the great military leader.”

Sir Ridley added: “Napoleon is a man who has always fascinated me. He came from nothing to rule everything, but meanwhile he was waging a romantic war with his adulterous wife Josephine. He conquered the world to try to win her love and, when he didn’t he could, he conquered it to destroy it. No actor could embody Napoleon like Joaquin.”

In addition to Kirby as Josefina, Phoenix will be joined by Tahar Rahim, Ludivine Sagnier, Ben Miles, Ian McNeice, Paul Rhys and Matthew Needham as Lucien Bonaparte, the protagonist’s brother.

‘Napoleon’ will hit theaters around the world on November 24, 2023a few weeks after the premiere of ‘The Moon Killers’ and ‘Dune: Part 2’.

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