Robert Pattinson is set to star in Queen of the Desert with Naomi Watts. The Hollywood Reporter says the Twilight actor is set to play TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) in the film which is a biopic of Gertrude Bell and is to be directed by Werner Herzog.

Naomi Watts plays Bell who was an explorer, writer, archeologist and political attache during the first world war in the Middle East. Bell played an important role in the region. She also worked for British intelligence during the conflict. Lawrence was an archeologist who became a British army officer and was a close friend of Bell’s. His story has been most notably told in the 1962 David Lean film Lawrence of Arabia in which the recently retired Peter O’Toole took the titular role.

Pattinson is currently promoting his new film Cosmopolis which was directed by David Cronenberg while Watts can next be seen in Diana, the Princess Diana biopic.