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Joker star Joaquin Phoenix will team up once again with his Gladiator director Ridley Scott for another epic historical movie.

Deadline reports that Phoenix is set to play real-life French military leader and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in new film Kitbag, which is currently in the early development stages at 20th Century Studios.

According to Deadline the film’s title comes from the saying: “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag”.

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The movie will examine Napoleon’s military career and his rise to the role of emperor, as well as looking at his “addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine”.

The screenplay will be written by All the Money in the World scribe David Scarpa, with Scott producing alongside Kevin Walsh for Scott Free.

Scott and Phoenix last worked together on 2000’s Gladiator, the Russell Crowe-starring historical drama in which Phoenix played power-hungry Roman emperor Commodus, a role which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Director Scott has just finished working on The Last Duel, which stars Adam Driver, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jodie Comer. The period thriller tells the story of one of France’s final legally sanctioned duels, which took place between two French knights.

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His next project will be drama Gucci which tells the story of Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of businessman and former head of the Gucci fashion house Maurizio Gucci. Reggiani was convicted of orchestrating his assassination in 1995 and served 18 years in prison.

Gucci will reunite Scott with Driver again, with Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Jared Leto also starring.

Phoenix won an Oscar for his role as Arthur Fleck / the Joker in 2019 psychological thriller Joker and will next be seen in Mike Mills drama C’mon C’mon.

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