Napoleon is the perfect reunion between Joaquin Phoenix and Ridley Scott after Gladiator
Joaquin Phoenix was waiting for the right project to come along before reuniting with Ridley Scott over 20 years after the pair collaborated on Gladiator.
In 2000, Phoenix earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Emperor Commodus in the Swords and Sandals epic, which was directed by Scott.
Over two decades later, Phoenix and Scott are back with another historical tale, focused on the life of infamous military figure, Napoleon Bonaparte.
“The truth is, there was just a very nostalgic idea of working with Ridley again,” Phoenix told Empire.
“I had such an incredible experience working with Ridley on Gladiator, and I was so young. It was my first big production. I really yearned for that experience again, or something similar. He’s approached me about other things in the past, but nothing that felt like it would be as demanding for both of us.
"And so I really liked the idea of jumping into something with Ridley that was going to be that.”
The official premise reads:
'A look at the military commander'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.'
Phoenix stars as Napoleon alongside Vanessa Kirby, Tahar Rahim, Ben Miles, Ludivine Sagnier, Matthew Needham, Youssef Kerkour, Phil Cornwell, Ian McNeice, Paul Rhys, John Hollingworth and Mark Bonnar.
Jodie Comer was initially cast as Josephine, but was eventually replaced by Kirby due to scheduling issues caused by the Covid pandemic.
"Napoleon is a man I've always been fascinated by", Scott said in a statement, when the movie was announced.
"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."
According to reports, Napoleon will feature six major battle sequences.
History / Drama
2000 • 155 minutes