Apple Original Films and Sony Pictures have released the first trailer for Ridley Scott’s latest historical epic, Napoleon, detailing the rise and fall of French commander Napoleon Bonaparte.
Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) stars as Bonaparte in Scott’s 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, Josephine, and capturing Napoleon’s famous battles, including the seizure of Egypt, his relentless ambition and strategic mind as an extraordinary military leader and war visionary.
Alongside Phoenix, Napoleon stars Vanessa Kirby as Empress Joséphine, Tahar Rahim as Paul Barras, Ben Miles as Caulaincourt, Ludivine Sagnier as Theresa Cabarrus, Matthew Needham as Lucien Bonaparte, Youssef Kerkour as Marshal Davout, Phil Cornwell as Sanson ‘The Bourreau,’ Edouard Philipponnat as Tsar Alexander, Paul Rhys as Talleyrand, John Hollingworth as Marshall Ney, Gavin Spokes as Moulins and Mark Bonnar as Jean-Andoche Junot.
The film reunites Scott with All the Money in the World writer David Scarpa and is produced by Scott, Kevin Walsh, Mark Huffam and Phoenix, with Michael Pruss and Aidan Elliott serving as executive producers.
Apple Original Films and Sony Pictures will release Napoleon exclusively in theaters on November 22 and then stream on AppleTV+ at a later date. Scott is currently shooting a sequel to his 2000 Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator, starring Paul Mescal and Pedro Pescal, set for release next year.
Here is the first trailer for Napoleon, set to a cover of Radiohead’s “The National Anthem.”