Check the trailer for Werner Herzog’s latest, Queen of the Desert, in which Nicole Kidman plays Gertrude Bell, a very real woman who had a hand in the creation of modern Iraq.

It’ll be interesting to see how this movie turns out. Bell is a genuinely groundbreaking and fascinating figure, but it could very easily run off the rails. You have to scroll awfully far down the IMBD page before running across any non-UK character names, and considering the long-running ramifications of the British Empire’s presence in the Middle East, it’ll be really tough to stomach too many moments of ballroom emoting. Plus, Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence? Hm.


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