Jude Law joins Queen of the Desert cast

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Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law portray the crime-solving duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in this 2009 crime/mystery flick based on the character of the title name. With aid from former adversary Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), Holmes and Watson investigate a series of murders connected to occult rituals. Mark Strong plays the villain Lord Blackwood, who has somehow returned after his execution to take over the British Empire using an arsenal of dark arts and new technologies.
November 5th, 2012

Jude Law has joined the cast of 'Queen of the Desert'.

The 'Sherlock Holmes' actor will star opposite Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson in the upcoming period drama, which is written and directed by Werner Herzog.

In the movie, Naomi will play Gertrude Bell, a pioneering explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché for the British Empire, who is credited with helping to administer the modern Iraqi state at the beginning of the 20th century.

'Twilight Saga' actor Robert will portray her collaborator T.E. Lawrence and Jude's role is not yet specified, but it is believed he could be playing Charles Doughty-Wylie, with whom Gertrude had a two-year affair.

Producer Nick Raslan said: ''It is great to be working with Herzog again on this epic story as Ms. Bell been called the female 'Lawrence of Arabia.''

Nick Meyer, CEO of Sierra/Affinity, who are handling sales on the project, added: ''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.''

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Morocco in March 2013.