By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStarz | Aug 15, 2012 01:24 PM EDT
Even before his film "Cosmopolis" has come to movie theatres around the world, E! News reported that Robert Pattinson has been offered a role in a new film: to play the iconic T.E. Lawrence in a biopic co-starring Naomi Watts.
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The highly-publicized Lawrence is mostly known as the British army officer of the 1962 film "Lawrence of Arabia" who helped lead the Arabs in driving out the Ottoman Empire from the Middle East, according to E! The actor who played Lawrence in the 1963 film, Peter O'Toole, received an Oscar nomination for his as the heroic figure.
A representative for the film's producer, Nick Raslain, confirmed that Pattinson has been offered the role in the film "Queen of the Desert." The biopic will be about famous English writer Gertrude Bell and her life as a traveler, explorer and political activist for the British Empire during and after World War I, according to E!
According to the Guardian, Bell also played a vital role in the early creation of Iraq in the 1920s.
The film will also show Bell's life-long friendship with Lawrence, who might be played by Pattinson. The two helped settle a foundation for what is now known as the countries Jordan and Iraq. Watts has already agreed and been cast to play Bell, who, according to the Guardian, is often referred to as "the female Lawrence of Arabia."
Shooting will take place in Jordan and England starting this fall.
In his latest film, "Cosmpolis," Pattinson plays a billionaire financier. He is also reportedly set to star in "Mission: Blacklist," a thriller about Saddam Hussein's capture, the Guardian reported.
Back in May, PerezHilton.com reported that Pattinson signed on to appear in a movie about the 1970s rock band The Band, who played alongside Bob Dylan.
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