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Robert Pattinson Joins Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen Of The Desert’ With Naomi Watts

Robert Pattinson Joins Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' With Naomi Watts

Now, this is how you not only get over a breakup, but continue to build a helluva resume. Say what you will about Robert Pattinson, but he is using his “Twilight” fame to take on challenging, interesting projects. Over the past few months, he’s attached himself to “Mission: Blacklist” about the hunt for Saddam Hussein, a mystery movie about The Band, and “Animal Kingdom” director David Michod‘s “The Rover.” But wow, we could not have seen this next move coming.

Pattinson will co-star in Werner Herzog‘s next film “Queen Of The Desert” opposite Naomi Watts. The film will tell the true story of Gertrude Bell (Watts), the traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century. So who will Pattinson play? Only one of the most important figures in recent history, T.E. Lawrence aka Lawrence Of Arabia, who worked with Bell to establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq.

This movie first started percolating well over a year ago, but this bit of news certainly kicks it to high gear. Indeed, production is now being aimed for a late fall start (we’d guess after ‘Breaking Dawn 2‘ press obligations are over), and hopefully this gets the ball rolling on what will be Herzog’s first narrative film since 2009’s double whammy of “Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans” and “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done” (yeah, it’s been that long). Hopefully, this historical epic won’t involve moving a boat over a mountain, but Herzog + Pattinson? That’s the craziest thing we’ve heard since Cronenberg + Pattinson….oh, wait…. [Variety]

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