(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)
With his latest film Cosmopolis having its limited release in New York and Los Angeles this week, it has recently been confirmed that Robert Pattinson is set to play a young Lawrence of Arabia in Werner Herzog‘s indie, Queen of the Desert.
Set to star opposite Naomi Watts who will be playing English writer Gertrude Bell, the biographical drama chronicles her life as a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attache for the British Empire. One of the first women to graduate from Oxford at the turn of the 20th century, she travelled through the Middle East, defining the borders of Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Pattinson will be taking the role of Bell’s friend T.E. Lawrence, a British Army officer whose writing earned him international fame as Lawrence of Arabia, which has been chronicled itself in David Lean‘s classic 1962 film.
With films such as Bel Ami and Water For Elephants already setting him aside from his blockbuster role as Twilight vampire Edward Cullen, it’s obvious that Pattinson can work well alongside a strong female lead so this combination seems to be a good choice for director and writer Herzog.
Set to start production in autumn, Queen of The Desert is scheduled for a 2013 release.