Robert Pattinson Cast as Lawrence in Herzog's 'Queen of the Desert'

August 14, 2012
Source: Variety

Robert Pattinson

The truth is: I'm an ordinary man. Some interesting casting news courtesy of Variety today. Werner Herzog is developing a new independent project called Queen of the Desert, about English writer Gertrude Bell, who is already set to be played by Naomi Watts. While the film will focus on Gertrude Bell's life "as a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attache for the British Empire", one of her good friends was Thomas Edward Lawrence, or T.E. Lawrence, the author who wrote Lawrence of Arabia and whom that story is based. Herzog has now cast Robert Pattinson to play Lawrence in the film. Read on!

Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert is being produced by veteran indie producers Cassian Elwes (The Chase, Frank & Jesse, The Paperboy) and Nick Raslan (Rescue Dawn, On Death Row) and is looking to start production in the late fall later this year. This may just be the first big Gertrude Bell project to get underway, as Ridley Scott was/is developing one with Angelina Jolie as well. But Herzog has been working on his since early last year, and it sounds like he's gearing up and getting ready, especially if he's casting very big names like Robert Pattinson. This will definitely bump up the profile of this project quite a few notches, that's for sure. Especially as Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, starring Pattinson, hits theaters this week.

Gertrude Bell, via Wikipedia, also "played a major role in establishing and helping administer the modern state of Iraq, utilizing her unique perspective from her travels and relations with tribal leaders throughout the Middle East. During her lifetime she was highly esteemed and trusted by British officials and given an immense amount of power for a woman at the time. She has also been described as 'one of the few representatives of His Majesty's Government remembered by the Arabs with anything resembling affection." We'll keep watch on this, not just because of Pattinson, but because Herzog covering Bell sounds intriguing.

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I presume Pattisson will be the Queen...

Nuno Lopes on Aug 14, 2012


LOL. I really thought it was about a reboot of Priscilla queen of the desert...

Carlos Subero on Aug 14, 2012


this movie has been floating about for awhile, glad to see it shaping up. huge herzog fan. say what you want about pattinson, but he is taking on some interesting roles. cronenberg, and now this.

t on Aug 14, 2012


Wow, I was talking about the same thing last night. I do compare Leo DiCaprio's case with Robert Pattinson's. Amazing that you are talking about this as well. As a former actor, I am always very aware of talented people, with vision, and Pattinson belongs to this category, big time.

Alex on Nov 19, 2013


I always thought Pattinson was too good for Twilight. Looking forward to Herzog's new project, Naomi Watts is a fantastic choice!

Davide Coppola on Aug 15, 2012


this is such good news to hear they are finally doing a story about Bell I wish they would do one on another pioneer, Mary Kingley who explored West Africa in late 19th Century. They were fascinating characters who make fiction look poor in comparison. I am eagerly awaiting this film about Bell I have the memoirs of both..........amazing women

Rosalee Adams on Aug 15, 2012

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