VFXShow 277: Napoleon

Napoleon, by director Ridley Scott, is an epic historical account of the military commander’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to the Emperor of France. His story is viewed through the prism of his legendary and often volatile relationship with his wife, Josephine.

Joaquin Phoenix plays Napoleon Bonaparte, and Vanessa Kirby stars as Empress Joséphine, Napoleon’s Consort and first wife. The production began in February 2022, and in addition to the politics of France, the film features six major battle sequences.

In August 2023, Ridley Scott revealed that he has planned a director’s cut of Napoleon that explores more of Empress Joséphine, and hopes that he will be able to release it in theaters and on Apple TV+, after the initial theatrical release. Scott indicated that the planned director’s cut would run four hours and ten minutes.

Thanks for listening and joining us. The soldiers on the battlefield of this episode are

  • Captn. Matt Wallin *     @mattwallin               www.mattwallin.com.
  • Major Jason Diamond  @jasondiamond           www.thediamondbros.com
  • Lieutenant Mike Seymour   @mikeseymour.               www.fxguide.com. + @mikeseymour
  • Special thanks to Matt Wallin for the editing & production of the show with help from Jim Shen.


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