The biographical film from director Werner Herzog is based on the life of Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman), a historian, writer, and member of the British secret service who is revered as "the female Lawrence of Arabia" for making an imprint on Middle Eastern politics in the 1920s.
According to an official synopsis via Indiewire, "As an educated young woman, for whom no suitable husband can be found in England, she journeys to Tehran. After a tragic love affair with diplomat and inveterate gambler Henry Cadogan, she decides to give up on her private life and discover the region as an explorer."
In the first official trailer, Pattinson can be seen donning traditional Middle Eastern garb for his role as T.E. Lawrence, while Franco takes on the part of Kidman's lover.