Sierra/Affinity represents international sales on Werner Herzog’s period drama, which also stars Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson.

Nick Raslan will produce through Palmyra alongside Cassian Elwes and Michael Benaroya. Benaroya Pictures will finance the project.

Watts will play Gertrude Bell, the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century explorer, writer, archeologist and spy who is said to have had a hand in the formation of modern Jordan, Iran and Iraq.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Morocco in March.