Tahar Rahim joins Joaquin Phoenix in upcoming Ridley Scott movie 'Napoleon'

Tahar Rahim Headshot
Tahar Rahim Headshot (Image credit: Arno Lam)

What you need to know

  • Upcoming Apple TV+ movie Napoleon has a new star.
  • Tahar Rahim will star alongside Joaquin Phoenix.
  • Napoleon was previously known as Kitbag but has had a change of name.

The upcoming Apple TV+ movie Napoleon has a new star with Tahar Rahim joining Joaquin Phoenix on the project that will be directed by Ridley Scott.

The new Apple TV+ work was previously known as Kitbag but is now simply called Napoleon, an apt name given the movie's focus on the famous military leader.

According to a new Deadline report we can expect the BAFTA Award-nominee Rahim to play Paul Barras, "the powerful Commissioner of the Revolutionary Army."

Currently in production, the pic is based on the script by David Scarpa and will star Phoenix as French military leader and emperor, Napoleon. The film will be an original and personal look at Napoleon's origins and swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine, played by Kirby.

Rahim is best known for his role in The Mauritanian but also recently made an appearance in The Serpent on Netflix.

Production for the new movie is currently underway but there is no public timescale for when we can expect to watch what is sure to be another must-see movie on Apple's streaming platform.

If you want to enjoy Napoleon in style, be sure to check out our list of the best Apple TV deals on the market today.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.