“Homeland” star Damian Lewis is nearing a deal for the male lead role in Werner Herzog’s Gertrude Bell biopic “Queen Of The Desert”.
The story follows Bell (Nicole Kidman), the real-life British woman who was a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attache for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.
Though only a commoner, Bell ultimately helped founding the modern states of Iraq and Jordan and installing their first rulers, King Abdullah and King Faisal.
Lewis will play Lt. Col. Charles Doughty-Wylie, an unhappily married English war hero who engages in a turbulent affair with Bell, with whom he exchanged love letters with from 1913-1915. Doughty-Wylie was killed in active duty at Gallipoli.
Lewis marks the latest name attached to the role, taking over from the likes of Jude Law and James Franco who were linked at different times when Naomi Watts was lined up to play Bell.
At last report, Robert Pattinson remains attached to play T.E. Lawrence in the project. Filming is scheduled to begin in December.