Robert Pattinson and Werner Herzog (inset) are set to work together on Queen of the Desert.

Robert Pattinson and Werner Herzog (inset) are set to work together on Queen of the Desert.

Robert Pattinson made a mark in Hollywood as Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” series and has been regular tabloid fodder over his relationship with Kristen Stewart, but his real future may lie behind the camera, according to one of the world’s top directors.

Werner Herzog, considered one of the greatest directors of the “New German Cinema” movement, sees Rob’s potential as a director as well in a new interview with the German edition of Playboy magazine.

Herzog’s films are better known on the arthouse circuit and ironically his 1979 thriller “Nosferatu the Vampyre” became an inspiration for Rob when he was fleshing out his character for the “Twilight” saga.

Rob redefined the way vampires are played in films with his portrayal of Edward, who sees himself as a monster, but is sensitive, caring and deeply passionate about Bella, his human lover.

“I mean, I remember when I was doing the first one, the one movie I was really looking at was ‘Nosferatu,'” Rob said during a promotional stop.

“Because the book was written to make Edward seem so attractive, basically, I wanted to find, what’s the worst way you could possibly play an vampire,” he added.

The picture starred Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula, Isabelle Adjani and Bruno Ganz. Kinski played a vampire that was the antithesis of Edward–grotesque, ghoulish and bloodsucking.

“I think he did something so alien about his performance, I really liked it,” Rob said. He also developed a respect for Herzog’s work.

The 70-year-old director said Rob approached him when he was casting for his next film “Queen of the Desert.”

“He approached me. That is why I am taken seriously in Hollywood. Because so many good actors want to work with me. Nicolas Cage was never better than in ‘Bad Lieutenant’.” The 2009 crime drama, starring Cage, Eva Mendes and Val Kilmer, earned critical raves.

Rob is set to play T.E. Lawrence, a British army officer who organized Arab resistance to the Turks in World War I. He’s slated to play opposite of Naomi Watts and Jude Law, although Herzog revealed that the film is still on hold due to funding.

Herzog obviously took a liking to Pattinson. “He has charisma, he is smart, he writes. I hope we will see him one day as a director,” he said.

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