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Napoleon tells the story of a man who conquered kingdoms to win the heart of his lover

Napoleon Bonaparte came from nothing and rose through the ranks of the military to become the Emperor of France. Conquering all in his wake, the brilliant military strategist won battle after battle with his pure lust for power. But at the heart of his relentless conquest was his tempestuous relationship with the Empress Josephine. Their volatile love reveals a man ruled by his passions and whims leading eventually to his downfall.

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Award-winning duo Ridley Scott and Joaquin Phoenix bring Napoleon to life with Apple Studios

Napoleon is an upcoming historical epic drama movie. It is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott who is best known for his moves such as AlienBladerunnerGladiator, and Black Hawk Down. The movie is written by frequent Ridley Scott collaborator David Scarpa who worked on the movie All the Money in the World with the director beforehand. Napoleon is produced by Scott Free Productions and Apple Studios.

Leading the cast in the titular role is multi-award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix, who marks his second collaboration with Ridley Scott after Gladiator. He is joined by Vanessa Kirby who portrays Empress Josephine. Kirby is known for her roles in Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One and The Son. The wider cast includes Tahar Rahim, Ludivine Sagnier, Ben Miles, Matthew Needham, Youssef Kerkour, and others.

Production News

  • 2020 - 10 - 14
    • Ridley Scott confirmed that his next movie would be Napoleon with Joaquin Phoenix confirmed to star and David Scarpa set to write the script. The movie was tentatively titled Kitbag. (Source: Deadline)
  • 2021 - 01 - 14
    • Apple Studios is reported to have joined the project in a production capacity, confirming that the historical epic will be an Apple Original. (Source: Deadline)
  • 2021 - 09 - 03
    • Actress Jodie Cromer is announced to be playing Josephine in the movie. (Source: Variety)
  • 2022 - 01 - 04
    • English actress Vanessa Kirby replaces Jodie Cromer in the role of Empress Josephine. Cromer left the project due to scheduling concerns. (Source: Deadline)
  • 2022 - 02 - 16
    • Tahar Rahim is confirmed to have joined the cast of the movie. The actor is set to play Paul Barras, Commissioner of the Revolutionary Army. (Source: Deadline)
  • 2023 - 04 - 03
    • The movie is confirmed for a theatrical release on November 22nd, 2023. (Source: Deadline)
  • 2023 - 07 - 10


Drama, History, War & Military, Action & Adventure, Romance


2h 38min

Age rating


Production country

United States, United Kingdom


Ridley Scott


Joaquin Phoenix
Napoleon Bonaparte
Vanessa Kirby
Empress Josephine
Tahar Rahim
Paul Barras
John Hollingworth
Marshal Ney
Youssef Kerkour
General Davout
Davide Tucci
Lazar Hoche
Edouard Philipponnat
Tsar Alexander
Ludivine Sagnier
Theresa Cabarrus
Matthew Needham
Lucien Bonaparte
Erin Ainsworth
Hortense de Beauharnais
Thom Ashley
Charles de la Bédoyère
Anna Mawn
The Duchess Marie-Louise
Gavin Spokes
Jonathan Barnwell
Hannah Flynn
Phil Cornwell
Sanson 'The Borreau'
Cormac Hyde-Corrin
Mid Shipman
Cesare Taurasi
Citizen Lacombe
Arthur McBain
General Marchand
David Verrey
Louis-Jérôme Gohier
Jean-Pascal Heynemand
5th Musket Regiment Drummer
Ed Hughes
Lucien's Associate
Paul Riddell
Thea Achillea
Napoleon's Daughter
Loris Monet
British Soldier
Tim Faulkner
Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher
Riana Duce
Paul O'Kelly
Imperial Guard
Robert William Carlisle
Imperial Guard Soldier
Ed Eales White
Duke D'Enghein
Clyde Vassallo
Imperial Guard / Gambler
Sean Vassallo
Elba Fisherman / Local
Sophie Lund
Saulius Cajauskas
Alexis Bennett
Jacob Marshfield
Cannon Commander