Variety reports that the Oscar winner will play French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in Kitbag.
The film, from Ridley Scott, will center on the infamous General’s origins and his volatile relationship with his wife Josephine.
Napoleon was a big leader in the French Revolutionary Wars and was France’s emperor from 1804 until 1814, leading the country in a series of battles before he was defeated at Waterloo.
He was exiled to the island of Elba and then to Saint Helena, where he died in 1821.
Kitbag comes from the saying “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag.”