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Hazel Motes
06-27-12, 04:14 AM
written/directed by Werner Herzog. starring Naomi Watts. the story of Gertrude Bell.

Working with Werner Herzog for the first time, Elwes is also prepping Queen Of The Desert. The picture, he says, is like Lawrence Of Arabia but with a woman. Its based on Gertrude Bell, the English writer, archaeologist and cartographer who mapped Iraq and Jordan in the early 1900s. Naomi Watts is attached. Shooting on Queen Of The Desert is expected to begin in the fall. Elwes is producing with Nick Raslan. Elwes, who recently teamed with Evolution Entertainment principal Mark Burg to launch Evolution Independent, made 7 movies last year. He expects to do 8 this year. Im totally driven, he says, Im moving as fast as I can.

Hazel Motes
08-15-12, 09:36 PM
Robert Pattinson has signed on to play T.E Lawrence. aka Lawrence of Arabia.


Robert Pattinson joins Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert

He’ll play T.E. Lawrence ‘of Arabia’
Aug 15th 2012By Matt Maytum

Robert Pattinson is continuing his extremely smart run of capitalising on his Twilight fame to work with some incredible directors on interesting projects: the latest being Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert.

Pattinson’s got to be commended for opting out of the easy lane post-Twilight; where he could have no doubt gone for identikit lead roles in romantic teen fluff, he’s instead opted for more challenging material. As he promotes Cosmopolis in the States, news has reached Variety that he’ll join Naomi Watts in Herzog’s next.

Watts had previously been cast in the lead role as Getrude Bell, an English writer famed for her travels (and contribution to policy-making) in the Middle East. Pattinson will play T.E. Lawrence (of Lawrence Of Arabia fame) who was also noted for his travel writing.

Bell isn’t the only British figure Watts has on her plate. She’s currently filming Princess Di biopic Diana. Pattinson will next be seen in David Animal Kingdom Michd’s The Rover, before starring in Saddam Hussein drama Mission: Blacklist.

Herzog will next be seen in an acting capacity in Jack Reacher

Solid Snake
08-15-12, 09:40 PM
I'm game.

Why So Blu?
08-15-12, 09:56 PM
Herzog be thy name. Bring it on!

08-15-12, 10:02 PM
Always in for Herzog.

08-15-12, 10:03 PM
Have to admit, Pattinson is picking interesting projects for sure. Good for him.

Hazel Motes
08-15-12, 10:15 PM
As far as Pattinson goes,I have only seen Water For Elephants, but I can't remember his performance. I just wonder if the kid has chops or not. Is he a good actor? Is he capable of a great performance? I guess I should check out Cosmopolis.

E Unit
08-15-12, 10:25 PM
Have to admit, Pattinson is picking interesting projects for sure. Good for him.

That's what I was thinking between this and Cosmopolis. And as previously mentioned, it's Herzog, so I'll see this one.

09-25-13, 03:27 PM

Nicole Kidman Replaces Naomi Watts in Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert’

Longtime BFFs Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts have quite a bit in common. Both are fair-complected Australians who’ve gotten attention from Oscar in the past, and who hope to attract still more by playing princesses this fall. (Watts has Diana, Kidman has Grace of Monaco.) Naturally, then, when Werner Herzog needed a replacement for one, he turned to the other.

Kidman has entered talks to take over for Watts on Queen of the Desert, a fact-based epic about the “female Lawrence of Arabia” Gertrude Bell. Watts had been attached to the lead since 2011. Hit the jump for all the details.

Deadline broke the news, but did not give a reason for Watts’s exit. This isn’t the first casting shakeup for the project. Earlier this year, James Franco was brought on board after Jude Law departed. Robert Pattinson remains attached as Bell’s contemporary and colleague T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia.

Bell was a remarkable woman. An explorer, writer, political officer, and archaeologist, her involvement in British imperial policy during the early 20th century helped shape the Middle Eastern region as we know it today.

In fact, her story is so interesting that in typical Hollywood fashion, there are two separate biopics about her in development at the moment. Herzog’s is one, and Ridley Scott’s Gertrude Bell starring Angelina Jolie is the other. It’s been a while since we got any updates on that one, however.

Kidman was last seen in Chan-wook Park’s Stoker, and is currently on the festival circuit promoting Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man with Colin Firth. Her next release is Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco, which The Weinstein Co. has scheduled to open November 27 in the U.S.

Queen of the Desert is Herzog’s first narrative feature since My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans in 2009. He’ll direct from a screenplay he wrote himself. No start date or release date has been announced.

09-25-13, 03:43 PM
When I saw the thread title I had assumed it was to be a remake of this:


09-25-13, 09:12 PM
Echoing a familiar sentiment, I will watch anything Herzog directs. He's on the short list of "best living directors". I do like Watts more than Kidman, but that's a minor quibble.

Obviously looking forward to this. :thumbsup:

Yeah Priscilla, that crossed my mind also Roc. :lol:

09-26-13, 12:41 PM
Interested in seeing this, but seems like it's long in coming to fruition. If done well, it could function as something of a Lawrence of Arabia prequel.

09-26-13, 02:05 PM
Ugh. The idea of my favorite actress (Watts) working with probably my favorite director always seemed too good to be true, especially when this thing kept getting delayed. 10 years ago I would've been fine with this change, but ever since she f'd up her face with all of that plastic surgery, I can't even look at Kidman without cringing.

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