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First Look: Gritty and Grizzled Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in David Michod's 'The Rover'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 18, 2013 at 12:24PM

Check out this first new image of Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in David Michod's "The Rover," the Aussie director's follow-up to 2010's critically praised "Animal Kingdom."
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Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in "The Rover."
Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in "The Rover."

Check out this first new image of Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in David Michod's "The Rover," the Aussie director's follow-up to 2010's critically praised "Animal Kingdom." That movie also starred Pearce and broke out actors Joel Edgerton ("The Great Gatsby"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Killing Them Softly") and Jackie Weaver ("Silver Linings Playbook").

This thriller is set in the South Australian desert, and went into production in early February, with filming set to complete in mid-March. Scoot 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.

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.

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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.