Robert Pattinson to play Lawrence Of Arabia
Press Trust of India
August 16, 2012 15:05 IST
Twilight star Robert Pattinson is
set to play Lawrence of Arabia in Werner Herzog's historical
drama Queen of the Desert.
The 26-year-old actor has been cast as the male lead
opposite Naomi Watts in the film about the life of
revolutionary writer Gertrude Bell, reported Contactmusic.
Robert Pattinson will play TE Lawrence, a British Army officer,
whose writing earned him international recognition under the
name Lawrence of Arabia.
Naomi Watts is already on board as pioneering figure Gertrude,
who was an author, archaeologist, explorer and political aide
for the British Empire and defined the borders of the Middle
She was also one of the first women to graduate from
Lawrence and Gertrude were close friends and worked
together to establish the Hashemite dynasties in what became
Jordan and Iraq.
Pattinson follows in the footsteps of Peter O'Toole, who
played the writer in David Lean's classic 1962 movie.
Queen of the Desert will go on floors this autumn.