Casting Call: Kubrick’s Napoleon

Published March 8, 2013

In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

Poor Stanley Kubrick! If only he had lived in the golden age of television, in which networks will pay $100 million for a 13-episode miniseries and Oscar winners will leap down from their pedestals to play a small-screen protagonist. Then, perhaps, Kubrick would have realized his unfinished passion project, an epic biopic of Napoleon.

Kubrick began working on his Napoleon adventure at the beginning of the ’60s. By 1969, he had written a script, estimated budgets, and mulled over filming locations, casting choices, and which countries the extras should come for. By the 1970s, it was clear the film would never go into production.

Last Sunday, Steven Spielberg announced his plans to finish Kubrick’s film—something he did previously with A.I.—but as a miniseries. With Kubrick’s first-choice actors long dead, here are our casting recommendations.

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