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'Animal Kingdom' Director David Michôd Goes Into Production on 'The Rover' with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

Photo of Beth Hanna 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.
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Guy Pearce in "Animal Kingdom"
Guy Pearce in "Animal Kingdom"

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.

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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.