Australian actress Nicole Kidman will visit Morocco in the coming weeks for the filming of the new film by Werner Herzog, Queen of the Desert
Queen Of The Desert is the story of Gertrude Bell, the iconic explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché for the British Empire (for which read "spy") who is credited with helping to lay the foundation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th century.
|Gertrude Bell in Iraq in 1909|
Kidman will be joined by Damian Lewis, who won Golden Globes and Emmys for his work as POW-turned-terrorist Nicolas Brody in Showtime’s Homeland. The UK-born Lewis won’t have to hide his homegrown accent for the feature: He will play Lt. Col. Charles Doughty-Wylie, an unhappily married English war hero who engages in a turbulent affair with Gertrude Bell (Kidman), with whom he exchanged love letters from 1913-1915 until he was killed in active duty at Gallipoli. Production is scheduled to begin on December and run until at least January 15th.
|Damien Lewis in Homeland|
Werner Herzog has been planning to make Queen of the Desert with Naomi Watts for a couple of years, so the change to Kidman comes as something of a surprise.
Nick Raslan is producing through his Palmyra Films banner along with Cassian Elwes and Michael Benaroya. Benaroya Pictures banner is financing the film. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales.
Initially scheduled for March, from December 15, the cast and crew will shoot on locations in London, Jordan and Morocco.