Naomi Watts is in “serious discussions” with director Werner Herzog to star in his upcoming film Queen of the Desert. According to Vulture, the story is based on the life of British woman Gertrude Bell, “who was alternately a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century. While only a commoner herself, Bell was nonetheless a kingmaker, helping found the modern states of Iraq and Jordan and installing their first rulers, King Abdullah and King Faisal.”
Watts is currently filming The Impossible with Ewan McGregor, which follows a family in Thailand during the 2004 tsunami. After that, she’s moving on to costar in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar. Vulture reports that once she wraps on that film, she’ll take a short break and likely move on to Queen of the Desert.