Empire Online revealed a new look at Ridley Scott’s Napoleon, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon Bonaparte. After two decades since Gladiator, Phoenix reunites with Scott for this film. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on November 22, 2023. Napoleon is rated R by the MPAA for strong violence, some grisly images, sexual content, and brief language. See the new look below.
Joaquin Phoenix’s Nostalgic Reunion with Ridley Scott
Speaking to Empire, Phoenix reveals that working with Ridley again was a nostalgic idea, as he had an incredible experience with him on Gladiator when he was younger. He yearned for a similar experience, and an ambitious and psychologically sharp project like Napoleon seemed like the perfect fit. Ridley had approached him with other projects before, but this one felt like a demanding and exciting venture for both of them.
Phoenix said, “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 added, “He’s approached me about other things in the past,” Phoenix says, “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.”
Most recently, Sony Pictures released a new trailer for the film. As per the film’s plot: Napoleon is a spectacle-filled action epic that details the checkered rise and fall of the iconic French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, played by Oscar®-winner Joaquin Phoenix. Against a stunning backdrop of large-scale filmmaking orchestrated by legendary director Ridley Scott, the film captures Bonaparte’s relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his one true love, Josephine, showcasing his visionary military and political tactics against some of the most dynamic practical battle sequences ever filmed.
The film also stars Vanessa Kirby as Empress Joséphine, Tahar Rahim as Paul Barras, Ben Miles as Caulaincourt, Ludivine Sagnier as Theresa Cabarrus, Matthew Needham as Lucien Bonaparte, Youssef Kerkour as General Davout, Phil Cornwell as Sanson ‘The Bourreau’, Edouard Philipponnat as Tsar Alexander, Ian McNeice, Paul Rhys as Talleyrand, John Hollingworth as Marshal Ney, and Gavin Spokes as Moulins.
The Apple production will premiere ‘Napoleon’ in theaters on November 22, 2023, exclusively during the Thanksgiving weekend. It will be available to stream on Apple TV+ later.