Pattinson to play Lawrence of Arabia opposite Naomi Watts

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  • Updated: Aug 17, 2012 18:18 IST
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Robert Pattinson finally has some thing to be happy about as the star is all set to join Werner Herzog''s Queen of the Desert, which will also star Naomi Watts.

The flick will chronicle the life of english writer Gertrude Bell, who was also one of the first women to graduate from Oxford at the turn of the 20th century.

Watts will portray the character of Bell, and the movie will depict her life as a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attache for the British Empire, who travelled through the Middle East, defining the borders of Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, the Variety reported.

Pattinson is to play T.E. Lawrence, a British Army officer whose writing earned him international fame as Lawrence of Arabia, on whom David Lean''s classic 1962 epic is based.

Lawrence was a good friend to Bell over the years, as the duo helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq.

The flick, which is aiming to start production in late fall, is being produced by Cassian Elwes and Nick Raslan.


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