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Naomi Watts May Play 'Queen Of The Desert' For Werner Herzog

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 3, 2011 3:54 AM
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After letting Nicolas Cage essentially play himself in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and delving into 3D with "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," Werner Herzog looks set to tackle a massive period tale.

Vulture reports that the director is in "serious discussions" with Naomi Watts for "Queen of the Desert." The film would tell the story of "Gertrude Bell, a real-life British woman who was alternately a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century. While only a commoner herself, Bell was nonetheless a kingmaker, helping found the modern states of Iraq and Jordan and installing their first rulers, King Abdullah and King Faisal." We spoke to Herzog last summer and he talked briefly about the film saying, "it's a big epic film set in the desert" and that the picture "certainly will not use 3D."

Currently, Watts is shooting "The Impossible" with Ewan McGregor and will move over to Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" next month, but "Queen of the Desert" is not yet certain. There is currently no studio behind what sounds like a fairly expensive film and even with Watts signing on, it might take some convincing to get backers on board. That said, Herzog is known (and brags) for always coming in under budget and on schedule so that could work in his favor. Even if this doesn't work out, Herzog told us he's got "another film in Texas, [set] in a maximum security prison" that he's been working on too. But a Watts/Herzog pairing sounds potentially great and we hope that the film gets the momentum behind it needed to move things forward.

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  • ahmad | July 30, 2012 2:22 AMReply

    Be careful Qusai khouli and supportive of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria killer

  • Tamara | November 28, 2012 3:03 PM

    Why do you care about that he is an actour and this is his job and talent you dont have to care about his personal opinions.

  • wael | July 29, 2012 10:44 PMReply

    Naomi Watts, please for the sake of our children's blood, do not accept to play the role with the Syrian actor Qousai. He is a big supporter of the illegal Syrian regime, who has been killing our people. 22 thousand have killed about 2 thousand of them are children, 15 hundred women, and 7oo under torture. Qousia regards these victims as a refuse!!!
    So please do not accept him as a partner in your film

  • Tamara | November 28, 2012 3:10 PM

    All you need to care about is the way he acts and the way he presents his character so you dont need to care about his personal opinion and Syria is his country , therefore he can say whatever he wants this is his opinion.This is what I dont like about America is that they just interfere in other countrys like in Iraq they said they are coming to make peace and they made the country full of blood not peace so please let arabs solve their problem by themselves we dont need anyone to interfere in any of our country and our dream is to become one arabic country that can stand against all other countrys who take advantage of us like the America , uk and others.Qusai is an amazing arabic actour and we are proud of him.

  • amjad | July 29, 2012 10:14 PMReply

    please dont put qusai hero in this movie please he is a supporter of the criminal syrian system

  • ali | July 29, 2012 10:13 PMReply

    there is a Syrian actor who will participate in this movie . he is a great supporter of the dictator Assad and called many times for killing of the protesters . his name is qusai khuli

  • ilham | April 10, 2012 9:19 AMReply

    Qusai Khouli is great he is smokin' hot and very talented you would be lucky to have him in your movie and stop hatin mohamad katib I know you man and I know that you wrote those four hating comments using different names ,your sister sara told me,loser!

  • Tamara | November 28, 2012 3:12 PM

    I knwo all they are saying is his personal opinions we are arabic and we should give Qusai a huge support WE LOVE U QUSAI ALL THE LUCK AND BEST WISHES :) XD

  • sidra | April 10, 2012 9:13 AMReply

    qusai khouli is a great syrian actor and he is consistantly nominated for arabicprizes based on audience voting and he wins them all the time...he won last year after declaring his political opinions..and he's nominated this year also based on voting..and he was chosen as the best arabic actor earlier this to all his haters..stop lying!! arabs adore qusai...if you are against his political attitude then fine..but don't lie!!! Go Qusai!!!!!all syria and arabs are with you!!!!!!

  • Mohamed khatib | April 8, 2012 8:14 AMReply

    To Whom it may concern,
    Please note that the Syrian Actor Kusai Khouli Has been involve in killing over 76 Syrian in the up rissing aginst the rageem
    please do not let him be in your films
    he should be in a court of low

  • hussam | April 8, 2012 6:24 AMReply

    please please please do't accept '' QUSAI KHOLI '' to be with you at your movie "Queen of the Desert." for the children of '' SYRIA'' don't accept please...............

  • Syrian | April 8, 2012 1:44 AMReply

    The artist Qusai Kholi supports the rapist and murderer of children and women in Syria Bashar Al Assad , and he will to be part of epic historical Queen of the Desert ????

  • sumsom | April 7, 2012 7:22 AMReply

    I wish to draw your attention to the Syrian actor named ((Qusai)) with criminal tendencies in order to support the system of criminality in Syria and to participate financially and physically in the suppression of the Syrian people and queued to the blatant killers
    We hope you take this letter into consideration and act on this after we learned Anao offender is invited to participate in the filmProduced by your company ((Desert Queen))
    Thanks to the generosity and kind attention

  • Nora Sahoury | September 26, 2011 5:48 AMReply

    best of luck Kosai Khouli,, really do hope you'd star in this movie
    proud of you our STAR,, your gonna be epic ;)

  • all syria love bashar | September 17, 2011 6:57 AMReply

    all arabic people with kosai khouli for this film

  • Carmen | February 4, 2011 3:08 AMReply

    Too bad he isn't working on "The Piano Turner" anymore.

  • Betty | February 3, 2011 9:31 AMReply

    Who will play T. E. Lawrence?

  • Gordon | February 3, 2011 4:38 AMReply

    Priscilla is the one true Queen of the Desert!

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