By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 6, 2013 at 1:07PM
Australian director David Michôd, who helmed 2010's brilliant white-knuckle crime film "Animal Kingdom," has gone into production on his next film, "The Rover." It stars Guy Pearce (also in "Animal Kingdom") and Robert Pattinson.
The film is a thriller set in the Australian desert. Scott McNairy ("Argo," "Killing Them Softly"), Susan Prior and Anthony Hayes (both "Animal Kingdom" alum), Gillian Jones ("Oscar and Ludinda") and David Field ("Chopper") co-star.
Pattinson has said that the film is "very existential, and that it's "about how much pain can the world take and how much disgust and cruelty before love dies." Michôd wrote the script based on a story he co-conceived with Joel Edgerton ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Warrior"). Here's the official synopsis:
The film is set in the Australian desert, in a dangerous and damaged near future. Eric (Pearce) has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him when a gang of desperate criminals steals his last possession. Eric sets off on a ruthless mission to track them down, forced along the way to enlist the help of Rey (Pattinson), the naïve and injured junior member of the gang who was left behind in the chaos of the gang’s most recent robbery.
Filming will complete in mid-March in South Australia, with post-production following in Sidney.
FilmNation picked up nearly all worldwide rights to the film back at last year's Cannes, and continued to sell to several territories at the Toronto International Film Festival.