Gertrude Bell biopic planned

Deadline: Ridley Scott wants to direct a biopic (set during the Edwardian era) about Gertrude Bell with script to be written by Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener).

"Born to privilege in England, the Oxford-educated Bell found her calling in the desert while visiting her diplomat uncle in Persia. She became a seminal figure in Middle East politics during the run-up to WWI, acting in roles that ranged from archaeologist to diplomat, photographer and spy. While she helped sort out the borders of Iraq after the fall of the Turkish Empire, she lost favor with her government for strongly advocating Arab self-rule. The Brits preferred direct access to the oil fields."

Another biopic, "Queen of the Desert" (possibly starring Naomi Watts) has been planned for Gertrude Bell by Werner Herzog, with a completed screenplay so it remains to be seen if there will be two films? Why do these things always happen in duplicate?!

3 comments:

  1. She sounds fascinating. I'd love to learn more about her.

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  2. I have a chapter about Gertrude Bell in my book Scandalous Women Jenny. She is is fascinating and it would be a perfect part for Cate Blanchett. Hopefully since she's worked with Ridley Scott before, she'll be his top choice.

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  3. Jenny, I'd like to know more about her as well. Never heard tale of her before!

    Elizabeth,
    Glad to hear you recommend her as a fascinating lady and I'm guessing that this will be a plum role for any actress! Love Cate in anything she does!

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