Napoleon: Ridley Scott's Epic with Joaquin Phoenix – Cast & Release Info

Ridley Scott's latest epic explores a legendary historical figure.

by Nouman Rasool
Napoleon: Ridley Scott's Epic with Joaquin Phoenix – Cast & Release Info
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Ridley Scott, the esteemed 85-year-old filmmaker known for his mastery in historical epics, is set to unveil his latest masterpiece, "Napoleon," in theaters nationwide on November 22, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

This highly anticipated film, financed and produced by Apple Studios, marks a significant collaboration as Scott reunites with the acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix, following their successful partnership in the 2000 Oscar-winning film "Gladiator." "Napoleon" delves into the tumultuous and often controversial life of Napoleon Bonaparte, one of history’s most notorious military figures, exploring his meteoric rise and subsequent fall from power.

This cinematic venture promises to be a compelling blend of historical drama and intense character study. Leading the cast is Joaquin Phoenix, 49, portraying the enigmatic French military leader, with Vanessa Kirby, 35, cast alongside him as Joséphine, Napoleon's wife.

The film's expansive supporting cast includes notable names like Tahar Rahim, Ben Miles, and Ludivine Sagnier, who bring to life the complex political and social circles surrounding Bonaparte.

Napoleon: Visual Mastery

With a runtime of two hours and 38 minutes, "Napoleon" is not just a historical account but a visual spectacle, as revealed in the trailers released by Sony Pictures.

The first trailer, unveiled in July, set against a haunting rendition of Radiohead's "The National Anthem," offers a glimpse into the film's grand battle scenes and the tempestuous relationship between Bonaparte and Joséphine.

A subsequent trailer, released in October and accompanied by a remix of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," showcases Phoenix's captivating portrayal of Bonaparte's ruthless ambition and strategic brilliance. This film is more than a biopic; it's a journey through the life of a man who, born in 1769, rose swiftly through military ranks during the French Revolutionary Wars.

His power culminated in a successful coup d’état in 1799, followed by his self-coronation as emperor in 1804. However, his reign was not to last; after expanding his empire, Bonaparte faced a rapid downfall, leading to his exile to Elba and, following a brief return to power, his ultimate defeat at Waterloo in 1815.

His life ended in exile on the remote island of Saint Helena, where he died in 1821 at the age of 51. As "Napoleon" prepares to hit the big screen, it not only offers an insight into the life of this formidable historical figure but also showcases the cinematic genius of Ridley Scott and the profound talent of Joaquin Phoenix.

This film is a must-watch for history enthusiasts and cinephiles alike, promising to be a memorable addition to the repertoire of historical epics.