Jodie Comer caught everyone’s eye with her exhilarating role as Villanelle in Killing Eve, and it seems every director wants to work with her right now. Ridley Scott is the next one in line, and he’s eyeing her for the role of Josephine in his historical epic Kitbag.
Scott decided to entrust Comer with the lead role after being impressed by her work in his upcoming movie The Last Duel. Deadline reports that he was so blown away by her performance that he had her in mind for this part since day one.
Inspired by the life of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, this project has been described as “an original and personal look at Napoleon’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to the emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine.”
Scott already found his Napoleon in Joaquin Phoenix, who got his first Oscar nod with the role in the director’s 2000 movie Gladiator. Scott is expected to start production on this project after finishing the work on House of Gucci, starring Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, and Adam Driver.