Ridley Scott knows historical epics, with big scenes and raging battles. Napoleon looks like it could well be back right in his sweet spot again. The upcoming epic historical drama was written by David Scarpa. It will tell the story of Napoleon Bonaparte, including his rapid rise to power and eventual defeat, through the lens of his addictive and volatile relationship with Empress Joséphine.
Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby, and Tahar Rahim star in Napoleon, due to be released in the United States on November 22, 2023, by Sony Pictures Releasing, before streaming on Apple TV+ at a later date.
The story is well-known in history. The Corsican-born French military commander and political leader rose to prominence during the French Revolution and then led successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars. He was the de facto leader of the French Republic as First Consul from 1799 to 1804, then Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again in 1815.
Between these stints, he was exiled to Elba, an island of 12,000 inhabitants in the Mediterranean, 10 km (6 mi) off the Tuscan coast. , bu the Treaty of Fontainebleau. They gave him sovereignty over the island and allowed him to retain the title of Emperor. After 100 days he escaped Elba and returned to France. Troops deserted the King to flock to his banner and he was reinstalled as Emperor. He would remain in the role until defeated by the British and Prussians at the Battle Of Waterloo.
Napoleon’s political and cultural legacy is enduring. Even though he was a dictator, he was well-regarded by many of his subjects, and he initiated many liberal reforms that persisted in society. He will always be considered one of the greatest military commanders in history, with his campaigns still studied at military academies worldwide.
Here is the trailer:
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