Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert Trailer Arrives.

Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert Trailer Arrives.

In what feel likes an age, a trailer for Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert has finally shown up. Starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson and two lion cubs, Queen of the Desert is about:

The film tells the story of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) who, as historian, novelist and member of the British secret service, played a decisive role around 1920 in setting the course for the new political order in the Middle East. As an educated young woman, for whom no suitable husband can be found in England, she journeys to Tehran. After a tragic love affair with diplomat and inveterate gambler Henry Cadogan, she decides to give up on her private life and discover the region as an explorer. Before the backdrop of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire she learns languages, translates literature, meets with Muslim dignitaries in Cairo, Basra and Baghdad and earns their trust through her pluck and respect. Predestined to be a mediator between the Orient and the British Empire, she contributes to defining the new borders in the region after the First World War. And then love enters her life once again. Werner Herzog uses the vast desert landscapes to depict the architecture of his characters’ souls. A panoramic epic about the woman who has gone down in history as ‘the female Lawrence of Arabia’.

This is Werner Herzog’s first narrative feature since My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done and just like that film, early reports about Queen of the Desert are not good. Have a look at the trailer and see what you think:

At the moment there is no Australian release date, but odds are that this will go straight to streaming, or DVD, or Foxtel or wherever films show up in Australia when they don’t hit the cinema.
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