Twilight star Robert Pattinson is set to join James Franco and Nicole Kidman in the upcoming film Queen of the Desert. Although the North America premiere date for the movie is still a few months away, Atlas has released a new trailer for the period drama, which offers a better glimpse into the movie and its characters.
The film centers on the true story of Gertrude Bell (Kidman). Bell was a British traveller, archaeologist, and adventure seeker who experienced both love and heartbreak during her explorations of the Middle East in the 20th century.
The movie follows Gertrude as she falls in love with Henry Cadogan (Franco), who works as a secretary in the British embassy in Tehran. After the two meet, they go on an adventure throughout the Middle East, where they come across the famous archaeologist T.E. Lawrence (Pattinson), who is also referred to as Lawrence of Arabia.
In addition to the trailer, new images of the actors on set have also been released through Hollywood Life. The images depict several of the cast members in action, including one of Robert Pattinson in his Middle Eastern garb as Lawrence of Arabia standing next to Kidman’s Gertrude.
The images match up nicely with what was is seen in the trailer, which features Pattinson looking very comfortable in his new headwear, which includes a traditional turban. Since fans are used to seeing the star in his usual Twilight garb, many fans might find Pattinson unrecognizable in the images from the trailer and the released photos.
Meanwhile, a second photo shows Franco dressed up in a nice tux talking with Gertrude. The two appear to be in some sort of fancy dinner scene and are both looking sharp in their outfits.
In speaking about her role as Gertrude, Kidman revealed that her character was very important in terms of British history in the Middle East.
“She’s the female Lawrence of Arabia. She was English, and basically defined the borders between Iraq and Jordan that exist today, borders that she negotiated between Churchill and different Arab leaders,” Kidman explained to Hollywood Life. “She went out to the desert with the Bedouin and all the different tribes that were feuding at the turn of the 19th century.”
Although the film was already released back in February at the Berlin International Film Festival, a worldwide premiere date isn’t expected until September 15. Check out the official trailer below.
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