Joaquin Phoenix has joined the cast of Ridley Scott’s ‘Kitbag’ in which he will play the French military leader and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

The film is an original and personal look at Napoleon’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine. The intention of the film is to capture Napoleon’s famous battles, relentless ambition and astounding strategic mind as an extraordinary military leader and war visionary.

David Scarpa –, who wrote the Scott-directed ‘All the Money in the World’ will pen the script. Scott and Kevin Walsh for Scott Free will produce the project which has been set by 20th Century Studios.

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Scott has this week wrapped up production on ‘The Last Duel’ with Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Affleck starring in the period drama chronicling one of France’s last legally sanctioned duels when King Charles VI (Affleck) which declared that Knight Jean de Carrouges (Damon) settle his dispute with his squire Jacques LeGris (Driver) over a claim of sexual assault by the knight’s wife (Comer) in 1386.

Next Month Scott is due to start production on ‘Gucci’, starring Lady Gaga as the murderess Patrizia Reggiani alongside a cast including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Adam Driver and Jared Leto.