Tahar Rahim Joins Joaquin Phoenix in Ridley Scott’s ‘Napoleon’


Award-nominee Tahar Rahim is set to join Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby in Napoleon, the upcoming movie directed by Ridley Scott, which premiers in 2023. The film is an original and personal look at Napoleon Bonaparte’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine.

The script is written by David Scarpa and will star Phoenix as Napoleon, Kirby as Josephine and now Rahim as Paul Barras, the powerful Commissioner of the Revolutionary Army. Rahim rose to fame thanks to his performance of Mohamedou Ould Slahi in Kevin McDonald’s 2020 drama The Mauritanian. He recently starred in The Serpent, Netflix’s limited series inspired by the real story, where he played serial killer Charles Sobraj.

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Ridley Scott has recently been bringing other true-to-life stories to the big screen, like The Last Duel and House of Gucci, which were both critically successful. Napoleon’s original title was “Kitbag”, which comes from the saying “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag.” It was a bit obscure, so Scott presumably wanted to clear any potential confusions and name his movie something everyone would instantly recognize.

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