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A24 Snaps Up David Michod's 'The Rover,' Starring Pattinson and Pearce

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 28, 2013 at 11:39AM

A24 has snapped up US rights to Aussie director David Michod's "The Rover," his much-anticipated follow-up to 2010's "Animal Kingdom." The thriller stars Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in the Australian desert in a dangerous near-future.
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Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in "The Rover."
Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in "The Rover."

A24 has snapped up US rights to Aussie director David Michod's "The Rover," his much-anticipated follow-up to 2010's "Animal Kingdom." The thriller stars Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in the Australian desert in a dangerous near-future.

Scoot McNairy ("Argo," "Killing Them Softly"), Susan Prior and Anthony Hayes (both "Animal Kingdom" alum), Gillian Jones ("Oscar and Ludinda") and David Field ("Chopper") also star.

Here's a more in-depth synopsis:

THE ROVER is set in a world ten years following the collapse of the western economic system, where Australia’s mineral resources have drawn the desperados and dangerous to its shores. With society in decline, the rule of law has disintegrated and life is cheap.  The film follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce), who travels the desolate towns and roads of the Australian outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car they leave behind the wounded Rey (Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that matters to him.

No word yet on a release date. 


Young, NY-based company A24 has been on a roll with their acquisitions; they've nabbed 2013 buzzy coming-of-age Sundance entry "The Spectacular Now," Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" (which recently hit theaters) and Harmony Korine's indie March hit "Spring Breakers", among other titles.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.