Werner Herzog and Nicole Kidman are bringing the larger-than-life heroine Gertrude Bell to the big screen in “Queen of the Desert.” The drama co-stars James Franco, Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis. Pattinson’s character, T.E. Lawrence, was iconically portrayed by Peter O’Toole in the 1962 film, “Lawrence of Arabia.”
The film’s official synopsis reads: “The film tells the story of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) who, as historian, novelist and member of the British secret service, played a decisive role around 1920 in setting the course for the new political order in the Middle East…Predestined to be a mediator between the Orient and the British Empire, she contributes to defining the new borders in the region after the First World War. And then love enters her life. Werner Herzog uses the vast desert landscapes to depict the architecture of his characters’ souls.”
“Queen of the Desert” had its international premiere at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival in February. Atlas Distribution Co. will handle U.S. distribution, starting with a limited debut in late September. Check out the trailer for the film above via Beyazperde.