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.