Robert Pattinson will be heading to Morocco in the New Year to start shooting his next movie Queen Of The Desert. Director Werner Herzog and the cast of the movie, including Nicole Kidman and Homeland’s star Damian Lewis, will be in North Africa in January, the actor confirmed yesterday.

Lewis, who is most famous for his role in the US drama playing Nicholas Brody, confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that he’ll be returning to movies next year in the Herzog film following his exit from Homeland.

He said of the role: “It’s going to be a little bit lighter this time, I hope — a little more Edwardian. It’s 100 years ago, and I know I’m not chasing Zulus over the ridge or anything like that. It’s going to be calm.”

Producer Cassian Elwes also confirmed in November, that shooting with the actors will begin in January.

Pattinson will be taking on the role of T.E. Lawrence, the British army adventurer, who David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia epic was based on. This film however, isn’t an exact re-make of the 1962 film, instead focusing on the relationship between writer/explorer Gertrude Bell, played by Nicole Kidman and Lawrence.

The movie will start shooting just weeks after the death of Peter O’Toole, who was nominated for an Oscar for his breakout role in Lean’s masterpiece.

O’Toole passed away last weekend, Dec.14, at the age of 81 but before he died commented on the character once again being brought to life.

“Well, they were bound to get around to it sooner or later,” he told The Telegraph last August, but insisted it wouldn’t be a patch on the original.

“Well, of course it won’t,” he laughed when asked about the new version.

And what of Pattinson taking on his iconic character? Despite being one of the most famous people on the planet, O’Toole was completely unaware of Pattinson-mania.

“Who?” he reportedly asked after a long pause.