The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby and Joaquin Phoenix recreate the night Napoleon was almost assassinated

When she agreed to take on the role of Joséphine, the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, actress Vanessa Kirby could have expected fireworks. But probably not quite like that.

Last week, the former Crown star filmed a dramatic scene from the highly anticipated biopic of the French Emperor, recreating the moment they were both nearly killed in a monarchist bomb plot.

In our exclusive photos – the first to show the actress as the fashion-loving Madame Bonaparte – she frowns at Joaquin Phoenix, who plays her husband, after the failed assassination attempt.

Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby as Napoleon and Josephine for Ridley Scott’s film Kitbag at Greenwich Naval College London

The scene is based on the assassination attempt on December 24, 1800, of Napoleon

The scene is based on the assassination attempt on December 24, 1800, of Napoleon

Former Crown star Vanessa Kirby filmed a dramatic scene from the highly anticipated biopic of the French Emperor last week, recreating the moment they were both nearly killed in a monarchist bomb plot.

Former Crown star Vanessa Kirby filmed a dramatic scene from the highly anticipated biopic of the French Emperor last week, recreating the moment they were both nearly killed in a monarchist bomb plot.

The Apple TV production, directed by Sir Ridley Scott, chronicles Napoleon's rise to power through the hot and cold relationship he had with his adulterous wife

The Apple TV production, directed by Sir Ridley Scott, chronicles Napoleon’s rise to power through the hot and cold relationship he had with his adulterous wife

The Apple TV production, directed by Sir Ridley Scott, chronicles Napoleon’s rise to power through the hot and cold relationship he had with his adulterous wife.

The dramatic scenes shot in Greenwich, south-east London on Thursday, depict a key moment in Napoleon’s rise when his enemies tried to kill him in Paris on Christmas Eve 1800.

On their way to the French premiere of Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, a horse-drawn cart filled with gunpowder and rocks exploded. But both survived and four years later Napoleon proclaimed himself Emperor of France

A source on set said, “The work that has been done is amazing, the scenes are sensational…so much attention to detail.”

The dramatic scenes shot in Greenwich, southeast London, on Thursday depict a key moment in Napoleon's rise when his enemies tried to kill him in Paris on Christmas Eve in 1800.

The dramatic scenes shot in Greenwich, southeast London, on Thursday depict a key moment in Napoleon’s rise when his enemies tried to kill him in Paris on Christmas Eve in 1800.

A source on set said:

A source on set said: “The work that has been done is amazing, the scenes are sensational…so much attention to detail”

According to historical records, Napoleon survived the explosion thanks to a quick coachman and the fact that the conspirators expected him to have a cavalry escort.

According to historical records, Napoleon survived the explosion thanks to a quick coachman and the fact that the conspirators expected him to have a cavalry escort.

Mrs Bonaparte was traveling in a carriage behind her husband with her daughter Hortense de Beauharnais and Napoleon's sister Caroline Murat

She is played by Vanessa Kirby

Mrs Bonaparte was traveling in a carriage behind her husband with her daughter Hortense de Beauharnais and Napoleon’s sister Caroline Murat

Mrs Bonaparte was traveling in a carriage behind her husband with her daughter Hortense de Beauharnais and Napoleon's sister Caroline Murat

Mrs Bonaparte was traveling in a carriage behind her husband with her daughter Hortense de Beauharnais and Napoleon’s sister Caroline Murat

According to historical records, Napoleon survived the explosion thanks to a quick coachman and the fact that the conspirators expected him to have a cavalry escort.

Madame Bonaparte traveled in a carriage behind her husband with her daughter Hortense de Beauharnais and Napoleon’s sister Caroline Murat.

The party was late after taking care of Josephine’s shawl.

The attempt apparently did not shake Napoleon, who arrived at the theater and said:

The attempt apparently did not shake Napoleon, who arrived at the theater and said: “The rascals wanted to blow me up”

The new film, called simply Napoleon, is set to feature a host of steamy scenes when it is released early next year

The new film, called simply Napoleon, is set to feature a host of steamy scenes when it is released early next year

Sir Ridley said: “Napoleon is a man who has always fascinated me.  He came out of nowhere to rule everything, but in the meantime he was waging a love war with his adulterous wife'

Sir Ridley said: “Napoleon is a man who has always fascinated me. He came out of nowhere to rule everything, but in the meantime he was waging a love war with his adulterous wife’

The attempt apparently did not shake Napoleon, who arrived at the theater and said, “The rascals wanted to blow me up.”

“Bring me a book of the oratorio.

The new film, simply called Napoleon, is set to feature a host of steamy scenes when it is released early next year.

Sir Ridley said: “Napoleon is a man who has always fascinated me. He came out of nowhere to rule everything, but in the meantime he was waging a love war with his adulterous wife.

“He conquered the world to try to win her love, and when he couldn’t, he conquered it to destroy her. And he destroyed himself in the process.

He added: “He conquered the world to try to win her love, and when he couldn't he conquered it to destroy her.  And he destroyed himself in the process'

He added: “He conquered the world to try to win her love, and when he couldn’t he conquered it to destroy her. And he destroyed himself in the process’

This is the first time American actor Phoenix, 47, has worked with Sir Ridley since starring in Gladiator in 2000.

The film was previously titled Kitbag, which referred to the saying, “There’s a staff hidden in every soldier’s bag,” meaning that every soldier has what it takes to be a leader.

Miss Kirby, 34, who played Princess Margaret in the first two series of The Crown, was cast after Killing Eve star Jodie Comer was forced to step down when filming was delayed due to a coronavirus.

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