Robert Pattinson Joins Werner Herzog's 'Queen of the Desert'

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Robert Pattinson has just been cast in acclaimed director Werner Herzog's latest film, 'Queen of the Desert,' starring Naomi Watts as English writer Gertrude Bell. Pattinson is clearly having the best week ever.

It's been a great week for Robert Pattinson, who rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange with director David Cronenberg for their new film 'Cosmopolis' (which is already accumulating some excellent word-of-mouth) and gave a pretty awesome interview to Jon Stewart last night on 'The Daily Show.'

The latest news for the 'Twilight' star: Variety reports that Pattinson has just signed on to join Australian actress Naomi Watts in Werner Herzog's 'Queen of the Desert.' Following up Cronenberg with Herzog? Some other suggestions for Pattinson's director bucket list: Woody Allen, David Lynch, Wes Anderson. Just some ideas.

'Queen of the Desert' follows Gertrude Bell -- a writer, archaeologist, explorer, political attache for Britain, woman about town, et al. She was one of the first women to graduate from Oxford and promptly set out to map and define borders in the middle east. Sounds positively Herzog-esque.

Pattinson will play British army officer T.E. Lawrence, a close friend of Bell's and the man whose writing inspired the name "Lawrence of Arabia," which in turn inspired the classic film of the same name.

It's great to see Pattinson continue to distance himself from the 'Twilight' franchise that made him a star, and choosing such prestigious directors certainly doesn't hurt.

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