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Robert Pattinson’s Queen of the Desert Film Update; On, Again!

Robert Pattinson, Naomi Watts and Jude Law. Insets: T.E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell, Henry Cadogan.

Robert Pattinson, Naomi Watts and Jude Law. Insets: T.E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell, Henry Cadogan.

Robert Pattinson’s upcoming movie “Queen of the Desert” is back on again and will begin filming in September, despite an earlier report that filming likely would be pushed into next year because of scheduling problems for leading lady Naomi Watts.

Pattinson, Watts and Jude Law were slated to star in the Werner Herzog-directed film about English writer Gertrude Bell.

“It’s still a way’s off,” Watts told E! Online Jan. 18 at the Sundance Film Festival. “Hopefully, it will happen, she said.

But Cassian Elwes, the independent film’s producer, tweeted that the filming is back on for September and also confirmed an earlier Improper story that shooting will take place in Morocco.

“We have to move part of the shoot to morocco from turkey; where Werner wanted to shoot was to close to border of Syria,” he Tweeted. The arab country is racked by civil war.

It’s unknown, however, whether the new shooting schedule means changes in casting. Watts’ status is unknown. While she said she was out until sometime next year, so far no new actress has been announced for her part as Bell.

Law said last month if filming is pushed back, he would likely have to drop out of the picture as well. “I don’t think that’s happening. I don’t think I can do that anymore,” he said because of the previous scheduling change.

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Law is already filmed a part in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and could film a third “Sherlock Holmes” movie next year.

Pattinson is 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.”

Lawrence plays a secondary role. The film will focus on Bell, an archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, political ambassador and British spy. Law plays British diplomat Henry Cadogan, Bell’s love interest. The two were Bell’s lifelong friends.

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Rob has said he’s anxious to work with Herzog, but 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.

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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