could, no doubt, end up with one hell of a resume – on the heels of working with David Cronenberg in Cosmopolis, he’s been cast alongside Naomi Watts
in Werner Herzog
‘s indie Queen of the Desert
Pattinson would reportedly play T.E. Lawrence in the film, the archeologist-turned-British Army officer who became known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ for his work with Gertrude Bell (Watts) to establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq during World War I. David Lean famously directed the 1962 classic Lawrence of Arabia, with Peter O’Toole in the title role.
Herzog also wrote the screenplay which will chronicle Bell’s life as a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attache for the British Empire.
Historical epic Queen of the Desert is aiming to start production in late fall.
Besides the Twilight franchise and Cosmopolis, which opens Friday, Pattinson is set to star opposite Guy Pearce in Aussie drama The Rover, as well as the indie thriller Mission: Blacklist, which chronicles the hunt for Saddam Hussein; not to mention Francis Lawrence’s adaptation of Water for Elephants and the lusty period pic Bel Ami.