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No, he hasn’t fallen afoul of the world’s most depressed Twihard who just learned that Breaking Dawn: Part 2 is the last she’ll see of Edward on screen for the moment. Robert Pattinson has, instead, fallen afoul of a very angry seeming Guy Pearce who just learned that Breaking Dawn is your average dark, dangerous, murderous sort in David Michôd’s The Rover.
The Animal Kingdom director’s new film is set in the near future, at a time when a huge financial collapse has seen many running to the Australian Outback, hoping to tap what remains of the place’s mines.
“It’s like a new gold rush,” Michôd, who co-wrote the story with Joel Edgerton, tells Entertainment Weekly. “Where people from all corners of the world have come out to the desert to scrape out an existence. Petty criminals and miscreants and hustlers.”
Naturally, setting the film in the Australian desert and the future means inevitable comparisons to George Miller’s iconic franchise. “You put cars in the desert in Australia and people are going to think of Mad Max,” says Michôd. “And with all due respect to that film –and I stress that – I think The Rover is going to be way more chillingly authentic and menacing.” We believe him on both counts.
We gotta admit, we sort of forgot this one was happening, but we have to say, we're glad it is. It's coming on three years since David Michod made his mark with "Animal Kingdom," and now he's back with a thriller that goes to the great outdoors.
Cameras are rolling on "The Rover," and the the first snap of stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson promises a compelling showdown between the two actors. The "existential western" is a near-future set tale, set against the backdrop of financial collapse, that follows a man who goes on a journey across the Australian outback to find his stolen car, which contains something invaluable to him. Populated by "petty criminals and miscreants and hustlers,” the film paints a world where mining is the last gold rush, where fortunes can be made, where it's every man for himself, and Michod is already talking big about his movie.
“You put cars in the desert in Australia and people are going to think of 'Mad Max,' ” the director tells EW. “And with all due respect to that film — and I stress that — I think 'The Rover' is going to be way more chillingly authentic and menacing.”
Robert Pattinson's latest bid to shed his "Twilight" reputation is the dystopian drama"The Rover," and as you can see below, he's taking quite a beating from Guy Pearce to prove he's no longer Edward Cullen.
In "The Rover," Pattinson plays Reynolds, a down-on-his-luck fellow driven to desperate lengths in the remote Australian Outback. Scoot McNairy, who turned heads with his performance in "Killing Them Softly," plays Pattison's brother, while Pearce is on board as a rather menacing character named Eric. Co-writer and director David Michôd told EW.com, "The basic story is really quite elemental… You've got a really dark, dangerous, murderous person in Guy's character, and in Rob's character you have a quite troubled and damaged, but beautiful and naïve, soul."
Pattison's valiant attempts to shed his sparkly alter ego have included the misguided drama "Remember Me," sexy period piece "Bel Ami,"the romantic "Water for Elephants," and last year's edgy David Cronenberg film "Cosmopolis." Will collaborating with Michôd get him the street cred he's been yearning for?
Michôd's certainly got chops, and Australian film is a fine frontier to explore the dark edges of the human psyche, as fans of fare like "Wake in Fright," "Chopper," and the "Mad Max" trilogy can attest to. About that last one, though, Michôd says, "And with all due respect to that film — and I stress that — I think 'The Rover' is going to be way more chillingly authentic and menacing." Yikes.
Here’s the first look at Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in The Rover.
Director David Michôd describes the upcoming drama:
“It’s like a new gold rush, where people from all corners of the world have come out to the desert to scrape out an existence. Petty criminals and miscreants and hustlers… You’ve got a really dark, dangerous, murderous person in Guy’s character, and in Rob’s character you have a quite troubled and damaged, but beautiful and naïve, soul.”
Pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands this Friday, more on The Rover.
After proving his acting chops in last year’s twisted, overlooked David Cronenberg-directed drama Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson is returning in 2013 with another highly-anticipated project, and after recently wrapping production, the first look has already arrived for The Rover. Coming from Animal Kingdom director David Michôd, he once again teams with Guy Pearce in the film set in the Austrialian outback.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, who debuted the first photo, the director described the plot as “quite elemental.” He added, it’s “like a new gold rush, where people from all corners of the world have come out to the desert to scrape out an existence. Petty criminals and miscreants and hustlers.” He described Pearce’s character as “really dark, dangerous, murderous person,” while Pattinson is “quite troubled and damaged, but [a] beautiful and naïve soul.” And for those expecting anything akin to Mad Max, he said this movie is “way more chillingly authentic and menacing.” Check out the first still below for the film that perhaps could make its way to Cannes, but more likely will have its debut on the fall festival circuit.