Naomi Watts who said that, when the shooting of this biopic about Gertrude Bell should start in March.
With a casting including Robert Pattinson as Lawrence of Arabia, Naomi Watts as Gertrude Bell and Jude Law in a undetermined role, QUEEN OF THE DESERT was likely to catch our intention , our curiosity andour impatience . Especially since the director is Werner Herzog. One of the greatest director of our time who, for the previous years, was more busy doing his excellent documentaries than shooting his movies.So to see him going back to shoot feature films , four years after My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done ( never released in France) and three years after the crazy Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, was a real delight.
However QUEEN OF THE DESERT won’t finally be shot very soon, even if the first steps of the cinematography should have started in March . It’s Naomi Watts who revealed those discouraging news about the project, first when she declared to E ! Online : « It’s still a way’s off. I don’t know yet. Hopefully, it will happen. I just can’t travel again right now because I did a lot of traveling last year. It’s been a big year and it’s time for me to be home with the kids.“ » She also told MTV (via The Playlist), while promoting TWO MOTHERS at Sundance film festival “we’ll see if it happens later this year or next year “. Moreover, she assesses that Robert Pattinson wouldn’t be 100% confirmed for the casting…
We’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope everything’ll be fine. Don’t forget QUEEN OF THE DESERT is about the work of both Lawrence and Bell at the beginning of the 20th century to reinforce Hachemites’ power in Jordan and Irak. They did it in order to help the French and English interests against the Ottoman Empire in this area.