As David Cronenberg’s new film COSMOPOLIS is about to open,
and as he puts the nail in the coffin for any hope of EASTERN PROMISES 2, the
star of the psychological thriller opening this weekend has been cast in a new
film with Naomi Watts called QUEEN OF THE DESERT, which will be directed by
noneother than Werner Herzog, reports The
The biopic chronicles the life of Gertrude Bell, British
explorer played by Watts, in the desert. Who will Pattinson be playing? A
certain cinematic icon named T.E. Lawrence. You know, the one OF ARABIA.
It isn’t that that I’m scoffing at Pattinson for no
particular reason. I’m sure that he will be fine in COSMOPOLIS. Cronenberg has
even said that Pattinson is one of his new favorite actors to work with. No, I
am scoffing at Herzog’s decision to cast Pattinson for the obvious reason of
overlooking another actor. Another actor who practically played T.E. Lawrence
recently. Well, sort of. I’m talking about Michael Fassbender, people, who in
Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS, in Fassbender’s words, “is a dude playing an android
playing Peter O’Toole playing Lawrence of Arabia.” Seriously, how could Herzog
miss such a great opportunity like this? I’m disappointed. Production of QUEEN
OF THE DESERT is aiming to begin this fall.
What do you think of the casting decision? Do you think
Pattinson can effectively say things like, “Big things come from small ideas”?
Or do you think he’ll avoid trying to emulate Peter O’Toole?
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