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Robert Pattinson to play Lawrence of Arabia in remake

  • Robert Pattinson is set to star as Lawrence Of Arabia, five decades after the original film was released.

    The Twilight star will play British army officer T.E. Lawrence in Werner Herzog's movie, Queen Of The Desert.

    Australian actress Naomi Watts will play the role of Gertrude Bell.

    Bell, was one of the first female graduates from Oxford University and traveled through the Middle East working as an archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political officer for the British Empire.

    Lawrence and Bell were good friends and helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq.

    Peter O'Toole played Lawrence in David Lean's 1962 film Lawrence Of Arabia.

    German director Herzog is due to begin filming the project in the autumn.