MORE than 70 years after Lawrence of Arabia arrived in Bridlington where he was stationed with the RAF a film is to be made starring Robert Pattinson as the historical figure.
The Twilight star, 26, will play British army officer TE Lawrence in German director Werner Herzog’s movie, Queen Of The Desert.
The news has prompted some speculation that Pattinson, otherwise known to his millions of adoring fans as R-Patz, could visit the town during filming which is expected to start this autumn.
TE Lawrence came to Bridlington in 1932, when he was billeted with other airmen at Bay View, Esplanade.
Two decades earlier Lawrence inspired the Arab Revolt and rose to the rank of colonel in the British Army.
Lawrence, who called himself Aircraftman Shaw, bid farewell to Bridlington in February 1935 when he ended his military career as a humble rank officer in the RAF.
Three months later he was fatally injured in a motorcycle crash on a Dorset country lane close to his cottage, Clouds Hill.
Now Pattinson will play Lawrence alongside actress Naomi Watts as Gertrude Bell in the film which will focus on the English writer’s life.
The film comes half a century after Peter O’Toole, who is now 80, played Lawrence in David Lean’s 1962 film Lawrence Of Arabia.
Bell, one of the first female graduates from Oxford University, travelled through the Middle East working as an archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political officer for the British Empire.
She set up the borders of Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Lawrence and Bell were good friends and together helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq.