Herzog will attend the Berlin premiere of “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman as British Intelligence officer and cartographer Gertrude Bell opposite Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) and James Franco as British army officer Henry Cadogan. Naomi Watts was reportedly originally cast in the role of Bell before it went to fellow Aussie Kidman. Damian Lewis costars.
Herzog penned and directed the $36 million epic, which wrapped in Spring 2014 (around the time when we hoped to see the film at his Telluride stomping grounds) and was shot in Morocco, Jordan and London. This is Herzog’s first narrative feature since 2009’s hilarious, acid entertainment “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” starring Nicolas Cage.
Now celebrating its 65th year, Berlinale runs February 5-15.