Naomi Watts Finds 'Holland, Michigan' Leaves 'Queen of the Desert'
Since February of 2011, director Werner Herzog has wanted Naomi Watts to be his lead in Queen of the Desert, his film about British woman Gertrude Bell, who was a well-known traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the 20th century. She stayed attached to the film when Robert Pattinson became attached late last summer, and even through the casting change of James Franco stepping in for Jude Law in a supporting role. But now Deadline reports Watts is being switched out now with Nicole Kidman in talks to take over the role instead. More below!
Kidman is coming off another real-life based drama with the lead role in Grace of Monaco, a story that follows Hollywood starlet Grace Kelly during a period in 1962 when the city-state of Monaco entered a heated dispute with France, which had grown tired of the principality being a tax haven. At the time she was married to Prince Rainier of Monaco (Tim Roth), and the film follows the time between December 1961 and November 1962 when Kelly spent six years as the monarch of a European nation. She should be a fine replacement for Watts.
Meanwhile, The Impossible star will be busy with another documentarian heading into the narrative feature world. THR reports Watts will star in Holland, Michigan for director Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line). While the trade reports this will mark his narrative debut, this will be his second non-documentary film following 1991's forgotten The Dark Wind. Production will start in April with a story described as Fargo-esque, following a woman who suspects her husband is cheating. She begins an affair of her own, eventually discovering that her husband is a serial killer. Sounds like something different for Watts who will likely get some awards attention for the royal biopic Diana. Sound good?