Vanessa Kirby Replaces Jodie Comer in Ridley Scott’s Napoleon Film KITBAG

Jodie Comer (The Last Duel) was originally set to star alongside Joaquin Phoenix in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Napoleon Bonapart drama, Kitbag. Phoenix is set to play Napoleon and Comer was going to play Empress Joséphine. Unfortunately, Comer dropped out of the project, and she has been replaced.

Vanessa Kirby (Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Crown) will now be taking on the role of Empress Joséphine and you really couldn’t ask for a better replacement, She’s an equally talented actress that is going to be great in the film.

The film’s title, Kitbag, is derived from the saying “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag.” The movie is said to be “an original and personal 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 and one true love, Josephine. While the intention of the film is to capture Napoleon’s famous battles, ambition and strategic mind, the love story he had with Josephine is just as important to the origins and way the great military leader was.”

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When talking about the film, Scott said, “Napoleon is a man I’ve always been fascinated by. He came out of nowhere to rule everything — but all the while he was waging a romantic war with his adulterous wife Josephine. He conquered the world to try to win her love, and when he couldn’t, he conquered it to destroy her, and destroyed himself in the process.”

Comer was forced to drop out of Kitbag due to scheduling issues with her first West End stage production, Prima Facie. She explained, “Unfortunately, due to COVID and changes of schedule, I don’t think I can make Kitbag work right now due to a scheduling conflict.”

What do you think about Kirby replacing Comer in Kitbag?

Source: Deadline