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In The Works: Pattinson Lands Lawrence of Arabia Role in Herzog's Gertrude Bell Biopic, Starring Naomi Watts, Talks to Jon Stewart

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 14, 2012 at 5:13PM

Good news for Robert Pattinson. He's set to play a young T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) in Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert." Naomi Watts will co-star as Gertrude Bell in Herzog's biopic, which is set to kick off production this fall. The movie follows Bell's life as a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attache for the British Empire.
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Good news for Robert Pattinson. He's set to play a young T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) in Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert."  Naomi Watts will co-star as Gertrude Bell in Herzog's biopic, which is set to kick off production this fall. The movie follows Bell's life as a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attache for the British Empire. Army officer Lawrence was a close friend of Bell's;  the pair helped to establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq. Lawrence's writings were brought to life in the 1962 David Lean epic starring Peter O'Toole, who took the role very blond. Pattinson will hopefully retain his signature dark locks.

The actoir stars in David Cronenberg's Cannes entry "Cosmopolis," which is sure to divide audiences as it has critics when it opens August 17. The final installment of Pattinson's "Twilight" years lands November 16. In advance of both, Pattinson is back on the promo trail and gave his first on-air interview since his break-up with Kristen Stewart. "I'm going to have to hire a publicist," the actor told The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, who said that young folks experiencing a breakup sometimes feel like it's the end of the world. "It is," replied Pattinson.

In-demand Watts is currently shooting Princess Di biopic "Diana," with director Oliver Hirschbiegel. She has a handful of projects in post, including Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Impossible" (December 21), Laurie Collyer's "Sunlight, Jr." and Anne Fontaine's "Two Mothers."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.