Jodie Comer Out, Vanessa Kirby In For Ridley Scott’s Napoleon Drama ‘Kitbag’

It was a busy 2021 for Ridley Scott with both The Last Duel and House of Gucci. Neither exactly set the box office on fire or anything, but that didn’t stop him from moving ahead with his Napoleon epic, Kitbag. That film was to reunite him with actress Jodie Comer, literally the best thing about The Last Duel, but unfortunately, that’s no longer going to happen.

Scheduling issues have caused Comer to drop out of Kitbag, with THR reporting that her replacement is Vanessa Kirby. Well, that’s a lateral move if ever I saw one. Kirby takes over in the role of Napoleon’s wife, Josephine, with the film exploring their relationship, his rise to power, and eventual downfall.

And Comer was not happy about having to exit the film, saying “Unfortunately, due to COVID and changes of schedule, I don’t think I can make Kitbag work right now due to a scheduling conflict.”

She also called it “rubbish” that she had to leave. I just like it when people call things rubbish.

So while it sucks that Comer is out, you can’t really go wrong with Kirby who earned an Oscar nomination for her tremendous performance in Pieces of a Woman. She’ll be seen later this month in the Adam Leon film Italian Studies, and of course in the next Mission: Impossible sequels.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.