Despite having starred in plenty of movies other than the Twilight franchise -- hello, Cosmopolis, Bel Ami, Water for Elephants, etc. -- Robert Pattinson is pretty much still best known as Edward Cullen in and out of Hollywood. But it's looking like he may have a shot at breaking out of that mold once and for all ... He's set to play British army officer T.E. Lawrence, aka "Lawrence of Arabia," in Werner Herzog's film Queen of the Desert, which also stars Nicole Kidman as English writer Gertrude Bell. (Naomi Watts was originally set to star.)
The news of Rob's attachment was announced last year, but tongues are wagging about the flick in the wake of the legendary actor and original Lawrence Peter O'Toole's passing.
It bears noting that the film -- which begins shooting in 2014 and will release in 2015 -- won't be a remake of 1962's Lawrence of Arabia. Instead, it will chronicle Bell’s life as a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attache for the British Empire, reports Variety. Lawrence comes into play in that he was close friends with Bell, and together, they helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq.
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This chance to take on an incredibly iconic role is definitely an exciting one for RPattz ... and his fans. Not only could it set him up for critical acclaim, but how totally off-the-charts SEXY AS HELL is he going to look in Lawrence's military uniform?! Oof!
And while it may not be a heartthrob role, Rob's fans have gotta admire his interest in taking on more challenging, indie, artistic parts like this one. I'd be surprised if he doesn't start racking up awards for it sooner rather than later.
Are you looking forward to seeing Rob in Queen of the Desert?
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