The international trailer for writer/director Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert doesn’t set up the story well – and it’s backed by an overpowering score – but it does show off new scenes from the dramatic film starring Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, James Franco, and Damian Lewis. Hitting theaters this fall, Queen of the Desert is based on the life of Gertrude Bell, with Kidman playing the British adventurer.
A curious and adventurous young woman eager to explore the world outside of England, Gertrude Bell (Kidman) goes to the British embassy in Tehran where she quickly falls in love with a secretary of the embassy, Henry Cadogan (Franco). This sparks the beginning of a life-long adventure among the beautiful but misunderstood peoples and cultures of the Middle East. Along the way, her path intersects with archaeologist T.E. Lawrence (Pattinson) also known as Lawrence of Arabia, and Major Charles Doughty-Wylie (Lewis), the British Consul General in the Ottoman Empire.
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