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James Franco Could Replace Jude Law In Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen Of The Desert’

by Edward Davis
April 25, 2013 2:06 PM
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​​Greenlight power is everything, and it often requires a top-shelf or name-brand cast to light the fuse. Werner Herzog seemingly nailed it with the power trio of Robert Pattinson, Naomi Watts and Jude Law for his would-be next narrative feature, "Queen of the Desert" -- the true story of Gertrude Bell (Watts), the traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

So this should be more than enough, no? But with what one assumes could be expensive location shoots in far off locations outside the U.S., "Queen of the Desert" hasn't really moved forward. In fact, it seemed very up in the air in the last few months. Watts herself suggested the movie was on hold and Jude Law told us in a recent interview that he was likely unable to participate likely because his scheduling window had closed.

And that's exactly the case for Law. Deadline reports, while far from a done deal, James Franco is currently under consideration and in talks to replace the "Sherlock Holmes" sidekick. There's still no word on who he would play, but the trade says if they can manage Franco's schedule and get him on board, it will likely get the picture back on track. Ridley Scott could have derailed the whole thing if he got to his Gertrude Bell project with Angelina Jolie first, but he seems preoccupied with his biblical Moses epic that will star Christian Bale.

Fingers crossed for Herzog, this is one we've been looking forward to for years when he first unveiled it to us.

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  • Dave | April 29, 2013 6:56 AMReply

    Why not Michael Fassbender?

  • Duddi | April 25, 2013 7:44 PMReply

    I hope this will happen soon, cuz Werner it's getting very old and there aren't many potential a projects that he may shoot until he gets really old. So i'm guessing that he probably will make 2-3 more movies. And Franco's involvement seems like a right one, and i hope that Watts is still attached, but the best thing that could happen in casting aspect is that Pattinson gets busy and is replaces with the likes Fassbender or Cillian Murphy or Tom Hiddlestone ...

  • Kenerwa | April 26, 2013 4:28 AM

    Fassbender is too old for this role,besides he doesn't have some kind of female vibe,like Lawrence had.Robert is perfect for playing him.I've seen many pictures of T.E.Lawrence and I noticed many similarities between him and Robert,similar body language.The movie will be filming in September.

  • just saying | April 26, 2013 2:23 AM

    James Franco always looks filthy, greasy, and creepy. I would rather Michael Fassbender or Cillian Murphy or Tom Hiddlestone replace both Franco and Robert Pattinson. It is always nice to have genuine acting talent involved.

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