Jude Law Joins ‘Queen of the Desert’ Cast

Jude Law has joined Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson in “Queen of the Desert,” a period drama written and directed by Werner Herzog

Jude Law has joined Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson in “Queen of the Desert,” a period drama written and directed by Werner Herzog, the filmmakers announced on Friday at the American Film Market.

Nick Raslan will produce through his Palmyra Films banner, along with Cassian Elwes and Michael Benaroya.  Benaroya Pictures will finance the film. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales.

The film stars Naomi Watts as Gertrude Bell, an explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché   who is credited with helping catalyze the formation of the modern Middle East at the dawn of the 20th Century. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Morocco in March 2013.

"It is great to be working with Herzog again on this epic story as Ms. Bell been called the female Lawrence of Arabia" said Raslan. "It is a great opportunity to be working with such acclaimed talent on such an important project. We look forward to seeing Werner Herzog make this exciting piece of history come alive for a global audience,” said Nick Meyer, Sierra/Affinity's CEO.