Joaquin Phoenix to play Napoleon Bonaparte in Ridley Scott film 'Kitbag'
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Joaquin Phoenix to play Napoleon Bonaparte in Ridley Scott film ‘Kitbag’

Joaquin Phoenix is set to link back up with director Ridley Scott for the first time since playing Commodus Gladiator in 2000 and Scott has cast him again to play another historic emperor but, on this occasion, it is Napoleon Bonaparte in Kitbag.

According to Deadline, the upcoming biopic Kitbag has taken a title which derives from the saying that “there is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag”. The new Ridley Scott film will reportedly focus on the personal life of the French military leader. Napoleon had a volatile relationship with his wife, Josephine, which is set to play out in the film as well as how he rose to power in such a short space of time and the iron fist he ran the empire with.

Screenwriter David Scarpa is developing the script for the film and he is teaming back up with Scott after previously working with the revered director on the 2017 film All the Money in the World. Before Kitbag, however, Ridley Scott still needs is set to shoot Gucci, in which Lady Gaga will portray Patrizia Reggiani who was married to Maurizio Gucci.

Maurizio Gucci was the son of Rodolfo Gucci and grandson of Guccio Gucci, the original founder of the now-iconic fashion house of Gucci. Maurizio Gucci, who at one time was the head of the company, went on to sell his shares in a deal worth approximately $170 million in 1993. Two years after the deal, in 1995, Gucci was shot dead by a hitman.

After a long trial, Gucci’s ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani, who was dubbed ‘The Black Widow’ by the media, was sentenced to 29 years in prison for orchestrating his death. Reggiani would go on to serve 20 years of her sentence before being released in 2016 for good behaviour.

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