With Werner Herzog directing Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis, and Robert Pattinson, in a sweeping period epic, you might understand why we were initially excited for “Queen Of The Desert.” But you might also understand why, over two years after its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, we’re a bit less enthused. With weak reviews and almost no buzz, the drama has been languishing for a while, but it’s now headed to U.S. theaters.
The film tells the true story of Englishwoman Gertrude Bell who broke conventional gender roles of the time, by becoming an important player in the Middle East. Here’s the official synopsis:
Nicole Kidman and director Werner Herzog bring to life the extraordinary true story of a trailblazing woman who found freedom in the faraway world of the Middle East. Gertrude Bell (Kidman) chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it behind for a chance to travel to Tehran. So begins her lifelong adventure across the Arab world, a journey marked by danger, a passionate affair with a British officer (James Franco), and an encounter with the legendary T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson). Stunningly shot on location in Morocco and Jordan, Queen of the Desert reveals how an ahead-of-her-time woman shaped the course of history.
“Queen Of The Desert” hits theaters and VOD on April 14th.