Jodie Comer to Play Josephine in Ridley Scott’s Napoleon Bonaparte Film Kitbag
Jodie Comer has joined Ridley Scott’s (The Martian, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) biopic epic Kitbag to play Napoleon Bonaparte’s beloved Josephine in the upcoming feature from Apple Studios, according to Deadline. The Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy-winning Killing Eve star recently worked on Scott’s drama The Last Duel, expected to release on October 15, 2021. Directed by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker and written by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Nicole Holofcener, The Last Duel is based on the book by Eric Jager and also stars Affleck, Damon, and Adam Driver.
Comer will reunite with Scott on Kitbag to star alongside Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix (Joker, The Master, Gladiator), who is portraying the 19th-century French emperor.
As previously reported, the film’s title stems from the saying, “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag.”
Directed by Scott, Kitbag is described as an original and personal look at Napoleon’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine. The film will capture Napoleon’s famous battles, his relentless ambition, and “astounding strategic mind as an extraordinary military leader and war visionary.”
David Scarpa (All the Money in the World) is penning the script for the 20th Century Studios project that is being produced by Scott and Kevin Walsh for Scott Free.
Scott and Kevin Walsh will produce the project for Scott Free. Production on the film is scheduled to begin in early 2022 in the UK.
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