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The first movie Of Napoleonthe biopic about the French emperor and leader Napoleon Bonaparte directed by Ridley Scott, premiered last Monday in Las Vegas at the rally CinemaCon. On a snowy battlefield, Napoleon leads his Russian and Austrian enemy troops to the surface of a frozen lake. Fallen into a trap and attacked by cannon shots that mix water, bodies and blood, the opposing armies surrender to the carnage, observed by the leader from the top of a hill. The protagonist of the film, which casts “an original and personal look at the origins of Napoleon and his rapid, ruthless rise to emperor, seen through the prism of his dependent and volatile relationship with his wife and his one true love, Josephine, played by Vanessa Kirby”, is Joaquin Phoenix, who already starred in another film directed by Scott, Gladiator, for which in 2001 he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor as the Roman emperor Commodus. The actor, who finally received the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2020 for the film Jokerplays the visionary military strategist who conquered much of Europe and then watched his empire collapse.
The film, produced by Apple Original Films and distributed by Sony, will be released in theaters on November 22, 2023 before being streamed on Apple TV+. To the script of David Scarpa Ridley Scott, a veteran of epic and historical genre films such as Gladiator (2000), Exodus – Gods and kings (2014) e The Last Duel (2021), which according to Sony Pictures President Tom Rothman “can do cinematic work that few, if any, directors half his age can do.” Rothman then pointed out that, although Scott has not yet won an Oscar, the director could soon get the prestigious accolade because an epic tale of this magnitude “not seen in years”. In the castin addition to the protagonist Joaquin Phoenix ea Tahar Rahim, Scott Caine, Ben Miles And Paul Rhysalso appears Vanessa Kirbywho gained worldwide fame for her role as Princess Margaret in the first two seasons of The Crown and nominated for an Oscar in 2021 for Best Actress in a leading role for the film Pieces of a Woman.