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‘Homeland’ Star Damian Lewis Joins Nicole Kidman In Werner Herzog's ‘Queen Of The Desert’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2013 5:18 PM
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Brit actor Damian Lewis has been in the game for a while now but it's probably fair to say that American audiences probably didn't pay much attention until he popped up as Nicholas Brody in Showtime's hit "Homeland." Now the Golden Globe and Emmy winning actor is using the bounce that that kind of hardware provides to book a gig working with Werner Herzog and Nicole Kidman.

Naomi Watts Out, Nicole Kidman In For Werner Herzog’s Sweeping ‘Queen of the Desert’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2013 12:53 PM
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Like a mirage that seems to vanish in the arid air, Naomi Watts has departed Werner Herzog’s new film, “Queen of the Desert,” but been replaced by someone of equally impressive star magnitude in Nicole Kidman. The news comes out of the Toronto International Film Festival, which is where all news should be coming out of this week. The film co-stars James Franco and Robert Pattinson and tells the story of real-life 20th century explorer Gertrude Bell. Expect lots of sand and those old timey explorer helmets.

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

  • By Edward Davis
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  • 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.

Jude Law Says New Wes Anderson Film Takes Place In Two Eras; Updates On 'Sherlock 3' & Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 28, 2013 2:26 PM
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Jude Law is on a bit of a hot streak right now. After his transformed turn as Keira Knightley's cuckolded husband Karenin in Joe Wright's sublime "Anna Karenina," he's now taking on the lead role as a psyschiatrist caught in a mystery in Stephen Soderbergh's "Side Effects," opening on February 8th. We recently caught up with the actor in Los Angeles to chat about "Side Effects," and he also dropped a few hints about some of his upcoming and rumored projects, including Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert," and a potential third "Sherlock Holmes" film.

Naomi Watts Says Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' With Robert Pattinson & Jude Law On Hold

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2013 11:15 AM
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It's coming on four years since Werner Herzog's last narrative feature – 2009's "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done" – and it looks like we're in for an even longer wait. Initially slated to start shooting in March in Morocco with Naomi Watts, Robert Pattinson and Jude Law, Herzog's biopic of Gertrude Bell – traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century – in "Queen Of The Desert," seems to be on hold.

Jude Law Joins Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' With Naomi Watts & Robert Pattinson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 11:17 PM
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Well, we're breathing a bit of a sigh of relief. Just over a week ago it was reported that Werner Herzog's "next project" would be an adaptation of DBC Pierre's "Vernon God Little." It made us a bit worried that his Gertrude Bell biopic had been put on ice, but not only is it still moving, it has a new cast member and a start date on the horizon.

Robert Pattinson Joins Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' With Naomi Watts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 4:08 PM
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Now, this is how you not only get over a breakup, but continue to build a helluva resume. Say what you will about Robert Pattinson, but he is using his "Twilight" fame to take on challenging, interesting projects. Over the past few months, he's attached himself to "Mission: Blacklist" about the hunt for Saddam Hussein, a mystery movie about The Band, and "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod's "The Rover." But wow, we could not have seen this next move coming.

Werner Herzog Says He's Making Four Films On Death Row Inmates; 'Queen Of The Desert' Still Needs Financing

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 7, 2011 2:42 PM
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Nearing seventy years old, Werner Herzog shows no sign of slowing down. In his sixth decade of filmmaking, he’s managed to cross-over with an appearance on “The Simpsons,” an Oscar nomination for "Encounters At The End Of The World," and soon he'll pop up in your local multiplex as a villain opposite Tom Cruise action picture. In addition, he’s got two documentaries released this year. The first, “Cave Of Forgotten Dreams,” has grossed an unprecedented $6 million, and a phenomenal that see it about to enter its eighteenth weekend of release. And this Friday will will bring to theaters “Into The Abyss,” an elegiac doc about a young man on death row for a horrific triple murder.

Werner Herzog Directing 'Death Row' Documentary For Investigation Discovery

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 9:15 AM
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Says There's No Financing Yet For 'Queen Of The Desert' While we'll have to wait and see if Werner Herzog can get the pieces together for his period epic "Queen Of The Desert" that currently has Naomi Watts circling to star, and which Herzog says doesn't have financing just yet, the director is hard at work on what should be yet another fascinating documentary.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • 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.

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