‘Queen Of The Desert’ Looks Set To Be A Hallmark Release In 2015

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As it’s the start of the year many films sites are starting to compile their Most Anticipated Films Lists and Queen of the Desert has been featured on quite a few of them along with mentions of a possible appearance at Cannes.

The Playlist has it at no 8 on their 100 Most Anticipated List…..

8. “Queen of the Desert”

Director: Werner Herzog (“Grizzly Man,” “Fitzcarraldo“)
Cast: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis

Synopsis: A biopic of Gertrude Bell, a British explorer, archaeologist, writer, political attaché and general adventuress who played a major role in establishing the modern state of Iraq.

What You Need To Know: Last summer, we predicted we’d see ‘Queen’ at one of the fall film festivals, but that was overly optimistic, as the film ran into “technical issues” in advance of Telluride and TIFF. We’re still waiting with bated breath though, for Herzog’s starriest and biggest pic to date, which he also wrote. Producer Cassian Elwes has tweeted raves about it, and Herzog himself even told us just how great Nicole Kidman is in the lead role. While it missed out on awards consideration this year, it just might find some traction in 2015. It’s got all the earmarks of a fantastic, Middle Eastern epic, and the female lead makes it all the more original. The true story biopic is a genre Herzog has nailed before, eliciting memorable performances from his leads, so we can’t wait to see what he will do with this cast and this grand a story.

Release Date: TBD 2015

Ion Cinema also has it on their Top 100 List at no 64…..

Queen of the Desert

Director: Werner Herzog // Writer: Werner Herzog

One of the most prominent members of the New German Wave happens to be Werner Herzog, an auteur who has remained a vibrant cinematic icon going on five decades. Lately working almost exclusively in documentary (and starring as a villain in 2012’s Jack Reacher), Herzog returns with his first feature since his pair of bizarre 2009 titles, Queen of the Desert. Starring a heady, glitzy cast made up of Nicole Kidman, James Franco, and Robert Pattinson, the film is a chronicle of Gertrude Bell’s life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Cast: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Jenny Agutter

Producers: Benaroya Pictures’ Michael Benaroya (Hateship Loveship), Cassian Elwes (Reach Me), Nick N. Raslan (Rescue Dawn), Mark Burg (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints).

U.S. Distributor: Rights available

Release Date: While many had hoped Herzog would have the title ready for late 2014, we’re guessing he’s avoiding the rush to make an appearance with the title at Cannes.

Hey U Guys included it in their ‘Must See Films Of 2015 Which Are Still A Secret’.


The truly great and universally acclaimed Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Rescue Dawn) returns to narrative directorial duties for his forthcoming biographical drama.

Penning his own screenplay, the film stars James Franco, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson and Damien Lewis; quite a line-up right? It’ll document the chronicles of Gertrude Bell’s life as a traveller, explorer, archeologist, writer and political attache for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

With such a skilled filmmaker at the helm and a brilliantly dense cast relaying the life and legacy of Bell, this looks set to be a hallmark release in 2015.

And Thompson On Hollywood included in the ’45 Films We’re Looking Forward To In 2015′ in their ‘Festival Hopefuls’ section

“Queen of the Desert” (dir. Werner Herzog)
Herzog’s first narrative feature since 2009’s entertaining “Bad Lieutenant,” this rich-looking period biopic stars Nicole Kidman, who plays influential cartographer Gertrude Bell opposite Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis and James Franco.