EXCLUSIVE: Vanessa Kirby is Ridley Scott’s choice to play Empress Josephine opposite Joaquin Phoenix’s Napoleon in Kitbag, the historical drama for Apple that begins production this spring. She will replace Jodie Comer, who exited the project over scheduling. Her reps are negotiating a deal for Kirby, who is coming off an Oscar nomination for her gut-wrenching performance in Pieces of a Woman.
Scripted by Scott’s All the Money in the World collaborator David Scarpa, Kitbag explores Bonaparte’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, through the lens of his addictive and often volatile relationship with the Empress. Scott and Kevin Walsh are producing for Scott Free. Deadline first broke the news of Scott’s plan to direct the film and reunite with Gladiator star Phoenix in October of 2020, as well as Apple Studios’ commitment to finance and produce the project.
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Even though Italian Studies has already premiered on Tribeca Film Festival it didn’t had a date for release until now. Magnolia pictures, which acquired the movie, has released an official trailer which you can watch below. The full movie will be released on theater and VOD on January 14th.
At the end of October, Vanessa got on a plane and moved to Dubai for a few days to celebrate The Women’s Pavilion by EXPO 2020. Here you can watch a small interview she gave and the gallery has now screencaps of that interview also available. As well as two photos from the panel:
Vanessa stuns in Dubai this time wearing an Alexander McQueen full outfit in a Cartier event: