Naomi Watts is busy negotiating for film roles as Deadline reports that she’s up for Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris’ first narrative feature, Holland, Michigan. However, the same site also reports she’s out of Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert, and Nicole Kidman is already in talks to replace her.
In Holland, Michigan she would be a serial killer’s wife, as the film, written by Andrew Sodroski, will see her as a woman who is deeply wounded when she comes to believe her husband is cheating on her. To get revenge, she decides to begin an affair of her own, but eventually uncovers her husband isnt’t sleeping with other people, he’s killing them.
Queen Of The Desert is a biopic of Gertrude Bell, an explorer, writer, archaeologist and attaché for the British Empire, who is credited with helping to catalyse the formation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th Century. She’s been described as the female Lawrence of Arabia, although the film will also include the real T.E. Lawrence, who’s set to be played by Robert Pattinson. There’s no news on exactly what the role Franco is up for will be.
Kidman may well have been drafted in so there’s a bigger name in the lead role. Despite Herzog directing and Watts, Pattinson and James Franco attached to star, it’s had difficulty getting the greenlight. Perhaps that will change now.