Is there life after Twilight? Well, it seems the answer to that is yes; actor Robert Pattinson, of sparkly vampire fame, has proved he’s only just getting started by showing off a whole new side of his acting talent in this week’s Cosmopolis, a deeply odd and frequently unsettling new film from David Cronenberg in which he plays a spoiled one-percenter who’s just trying to travel across town in his limo to get a haircut, but all hell breaks loose instead.  And now he’s set to play Lawrence of Arabia. Could it get any better? Read more after the jump.

Although Pattinson hasn’t been having the best luck in the romance department lately, it seems career-wise he’s in a better position than ever, as Cronenberg clearly isn’t the only famed director who wants to send work his way.  More good news on the horizon for Pattinson’s career has come in the form of Werner Herzog, the legendary and brilliant director behind documentaries like Grizzly Man and Little Dieter Needs To Fly, who is currently setting together his latest epic about man taking on nature, and he wants Pattinson to play one of history’s most famous men to do just that: T.E. Lawrence.

Variety reported that Pattinson is set to star as Lawrence, the British Army officer immortalized by Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, in Herzog’s Queen of the Desert. According to CinemaBlend, the film will largely focus on British writer Gertrude Bell, who will be played by Naomi Watts.

It’s already been speculated that Queen of the Desert will be for Bell what Lawrence of Arabia was for Lawrence, meaning Pattinson won’t so much have to live up to O’Toole’s performance as risk being overshadowed by Watts. Sounds interesting already.

Production on Queen of the Desert is set to start in the late fall, probably around the same time Herzog prepares to appear onscreen in his next, utterly unlikely acting role, as the villain in the Tom Cruise thriller Jack Reacher. Herzog is certainly one to watch, as his unpredictable nature means you don’t really know what he’s going to do next. One thing’s guaranteed though; people will be paying attention.

Will you be watching Queen of the Desert?