Robert Pattinson’s upcoming movie “Queen of the Desert” is on indefinite hold after leading lady Naomi Watts said filming likely would be pushed into next year because of her schedule.
Watts was slated to star with Jude Law in the Werner Herzog-directed film about English writer Gertrude Bell.
Pattinson was slated to play T.E. Lawrence, a British army officer who organized Arab resistance to the Turks in World War I. He became known as the legendary “Lawrence of Arabia.” The role was immortalized by Peter O’Toole in the 1962 epic “Lawrence of Arabia.”
In the “Queen of the Desert,” Lawrence plays a secondary role to Bell an archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, political ambassador and spy for the British Empire around the turn of the 19th Century. Law plays British diplomat Henry Cadogan, Bell’s love interest.
The two were Bell lifelong friends and worked together during the war to overthrow Turkish rule in the Middle East. It’s a dramatic story, but it appears to be on the back-burner for the moment.
“It’s still a way’s off,” Watts told E! Online last night (Jan. 18) at the Sundance Film Festival. “Hopefully, it will happen, she said.
“I just can’t travel again right now because I did a lot of traveling last year. It’s been a big year and it’s time for me to be home with the kids,” she added.
In a separate interview with MTV News, Watts said she was unsure whether Pattinson was attached to the film. But Rob has said he’s anxious to work with Herzog.
Production was originally slated to begin last fall. The change in plans probably is just as well with Rob. He already has a busy film schedule.
He’s currently in Australia with Guy Pearce filming the futuristic Western “The Rover,” and is also slated to star in “Mission: Blacklist,” a film about the hunt for Saddam Hussein during the Iraq war. Rob is expected to film some scenes in Iraq, which has raised some concerns about his safety.
He’s also been talked about for James Marsh’s “Hold on to Me” and David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars.”
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