Robert Pattinson is busy awkwardly doing press for the US release of Cosmopolis and trying to avoid questions about him and Kristen Stewart. He’s also looking to the future as Variety reports he has signed on to star in Queen of the Desert for writer-director Werner Herzog.
Naomi Watts is attached to star as British writer Gertrude Bell in this biopic. The story chronicles her entire life from being one of the first women to graduate from Oxford to her adventures as a writer, explorer, cartographer, archaeologist, and political attaché.
Pattinson will portray T.E. Lawrence, the British officer whose story served as the basis for director David Lean’s 1962 classic Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence and Bell were longtime friends, who both helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq. Filming is scheduled to begin this autumn.