Twenty years passed since Ridley Scott’s «Gladiator» took the Academy Award for Best Picture. The film recounting the story of Maximus Tenth Meridio as Russell Crowe and featuring Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in the character of Comfy.
Now, the director who made this great film gem is already looking for a place on the calendar for his new project: adapting the story of Napoleon Bonaparte. The film will be called «Kitbag» and will feature Phoenix as the protagonist, this being the reunion between actor and director.
However, we’ll have to wait to see this premiere that’s not next in Scott’s mind. The filmmaker recently finished recordings of «The Last Duel», a medieval film that will pit Matt Damon and Ben Affleck against real-life friends and both Oscar winners for «A Brilliant Mind.» In addition, in March he began filming «Gucci», another film that brings together a cast to highlight, in this case figures such as Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Adam Driver and Jared Leto.
For his part Phoenix comes from winning the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in Todd Phillips’ «Joker», and we’ll see him back on screen with Mike Mills’ drama «C’mon C’mon». On a personal level, he became a father for the first time with his partner Rooney Mara of River, who was named after the actor’s brother. About a new film about the universe of «Gladiator»
For now, it’s all expectation. While a year ago Scott made it clear that he would be working on a sequel, so far nothing has been confirmed. All that is said is that if taken on stage he would develop the life of Lucius (Spencer Treat Clark), son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and nephew of Comfy (Phoenix). We’ll see how this story goes on. The truth is that the director has plans, and yes, in the plural.
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