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Oscar-nominated actress Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”) is set to headline “Josephine and Napoleon,” an English-language period drama series created by British showrunner Tony Saint (“Das Boot”).
Now in development, the eight-part series is being produced by the well-established British company Ecosse Films (“Hampstead,” “Mistresses”) and Pascal Breton’s Paris-based Federation Entertainment (“The Bureau,” “Marseille”) for the network France Televisions, which is also co-producing.
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The show is based Andrew Roberts’ “Napoleon: A Life” and Kate Williams’ “The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte.” It will be directed by a French and English filmmaker duo who will be announced at a later stage, along with a French writer who will be working with Saint.
Bejo, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” and won best actress at Cannes for Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past,” will play Josephine, Napoleon Bonaparte’s first wife, lover, and muse.
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Josephine de Beauharnais, a mischievous aristocrat born in the French West Indies, was 35 when she met Bonaparte, a quick-tempered and ambitious 25-year-old general from Corsica, during the French Revolution. Together they became a powerful couple.
“Josephine and Napoleon” will explore how these “two colonial outsiders from the French islands achieved the most audacious and extraordinary ascent to power in human history,” the production companies said in a statement, adding that the...
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