At CinemaCon, the first trailer for “Napoleon,” Ridley Scott’s grand historical epic about the French military leader, was unveiled. Not merely in terms of subject matter, the movie is a hybrid of the modern and the old. It is being made by one of the newest tech companies to enter the movie industry, Apple Original Films.
It is being distributed in theaters by Sony, a more established company that promoted the film during its presentation. Tom Rothman, president of Sony Pictures, promised, “The film shouts big screen.” Napoleon Bonaparte, a superb military tactician who ruled over most of Europe before watching his empire fall, is portrayed in the lead role by Joaquin Phoenix.
However, the movie isn’t entirely focused on the conflicts that shaped history. Examining the explosive dynamic between the visionary commander and his wife Josephine, who Vanessa Kirby portrays, will also provide a more intimate look at the leader.
However, the film at CinemaCon concentrated on a snowy battle between the French and an opposition army (perhaps the Cossacks? ), which was tricked into a trap with deadly results. Marital strife was not featured in this footage.
Napoleon instructs his forces to give the impression that they are on higher ground. Napoleon’s unfortunate adversaries are duped into retiring onto sheer ice while carrying attack and artillery fire. It’s cast-of-thousands material that must have been expensive. (Apple’s market cap, which would make Napoleon shudder, helps.)
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The movie has a chance to win big during award season. For “Pieces of a Woman,” Kirby was previously nominated for an Oscar; Phoenix, on the other hand, won the award for best actor for “Joker.” Scott has also directed historical epics like “Gladiator,” “The Last Duel,” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” so he is adept at them.
Rothman, who pointed out that Scott hasn’t received an Oscar, said of Scott, “He can do things cinematically that few if any, filmmakers half his age can do.” The studio manager said that might alter. This time around, Scott “does it on a scale not seen in years,” according to Rothman.
On November 22, “Napoleon” will debut exclusively in theaters before being made available for global streaming on Apple TV+ later. Together with Scott Free Productions, the movie was created. The film was produced by Scott, Phoenix, Kevin Walsh, and Mark Huffam.
Executive producers were Aidan Elliott and Michael Pruss. The movie “David Scarpa penned Napoleon”‘s screenplay. The phrase Rothman introduced, “Hold on to your tri-corner hats,” presumably won’t appear on the final poster.