“Killing Eve” star Jodie Comer is in early talks to play Josephine Bonaparte in Ridley Scott’s “Kitbag,” a film about French navy chief and emperor Napoleon, in keeping with a person with data of the undertaking.
Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix is connected to star as Napoleon. Scott plans “Kitbag” to be his follow-up undertaking after he wraps manufacturing on “House of Gucci” for MGM.
Apple Studios will finance and produce “Kitbag.” The movie’s title “Kitbag” derives from the saying “there is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag.” The undertaking will concentrate on Napoleon’s origins, relentless ambition, his navy management, and his rise to turning into emperor together with the risky relationship he had together with his spouse Josephine. David Scarpa wrote the screenplay.
Scott will produce “Kitbag” by way of his Scott Free Productions alongside Kevin Walsh. Scott’s firm additionally has a first-look TV cope with Apple TV+. This additionally reunites Scott with Phoenix, after the 2 beforehand labored collectively on the Best Picture winner “Gladiator.”
“Napoleon is a man I’ve always been fascinated by. He came out of nowhere to rule everything — but all the while he was waging a romantic war with his adulterous wife Josephine. He conquered the world to try to win her love, and when he couldn’t, he conquered it to destroy her, and destroyed himself in the process,” Scott stated in an announcement. “No actor could ever embody Napoleon like Joaquin — he created one of movie history’s most complex Emperors in ‘Gladiator,’ and we’ll create another with his Napoleon. It’s a brilliant script written by David Scarpa, and today there’s no better partner than Apple to bring a story like this to a global audience.”
Comer got here to Scott’s consideration by working with the director on “The Last Duel” which lately wrapped. The additionally movie stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck, with a screenplay written by Damon and Affleck.
Comer is anticipated to shoot the fourth season of “Killing Eve” later this yr. She may also be seen in 20th Century Studios’ “Free Guy” reverse Ryan Reynolds.
Jodie Comer is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group.
Deadline first reported the information.
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