First Look: Joaquin Phoenix as ‘Napoleon’ Takes Center Stage

First look of Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon in the new Ridley Scott Movie

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The new ‘Napoleon’ movie is all set to release on November 22, 2023, starring Joaquin Phoenix, and is directed by Ridley Scott. Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) showed a sneak peek of the Academy Award winner as Napoleon Buonaparte, the famous French Commander, and his rise to power during the French Revolution amidst his bitter relationship with his mistress, Josèphine.

First Look: Joaquin Phoenix as 'Napoleon' Takes Center Stage
Napoleon at WWDC23 © apple.com

In the snippet, Napoleon (Joaquin Phoenix) is seen standing on top of a ship and staring into the distant horizon. One can argue that he’s admiring his naval fleet on a voyage to conquer all of Europe. This isn’t the first time the 85-year-old director and Joaquin are working together, as the pair have previously worked in the 5 academy awards winner movie ‘Gladiator’ (2000). The movie is set to be released in theaters by Sony Pictures Animation and later streamed on Apple Tv plus.

Napoleon Bonaparte

The movie revolves around the French Commander, Napoleon Bonaparte, also known as Napoleon, who rose to prominence during the late 18th and early 19th century. He rapidly climbed the ranks of the French military, eventually becoming the French Emperor from 1804 to 1814. His military expeditions helped reshape the majority of the European continent and expand the French Kingdom. His legacy continues to this day. Napoleon’s campaigns are still studied by military academies worldwide. Many liberal reforms that exist in today’s societies have traces from the era of Napoleon’s own ideologies. His wars are now known as the Napoleonic Wars.

However, his ambitions led to his ultimate downfall and after a series of defeats, he was exiled to the remote island of Saint Helena where he passed away in 1821.

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix as Joker in Joker (2019)
Joker (2019) © Warner Bros. Pictures

The American actor who is famously known for taking on challenging characters and delivering spectacular emotional performances. He gained recognition for playing the role of Emperor Commodus in Gladiator (2000) for which he received an Academy Award Nomination. Arguably, Joaquin Phoniex’s best performance was in portraying the role of Arthur Fleck in the psychological thriller ‘Joker’ (2019). His role as the mentally unstable man who goes on to become one of the greatest Batman Villains earned him numerous awards, including Academy Award for ‘Best Actor’.

Other Joaquin Phoneix movies-

  • “You Were Never Really Here” (2017)
  • “Inherent Vice” (2014)
  • “The Master” (2012)

Joaquin Phoenix is also currently working on the Joker sequel, ‘Joker: Foile á Deux’ releasing October 4th, 2024.

Cast of Napoleon

  • Joaquin Phoneix as Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Vanessa Kirby as Empress Josèphine
  • Mathew Needham as Lucien Bonaparte
  • Youssef Kerkour as Davout
  • Edourad Phillipponnat as Tsar Alexander

Tahar Rahim, Hannah Flynn, and Benjamin Chivers also make an appearance in the film.

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