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Rob Pattinson Stars in Two Cannes Entries: 'Map to the Stars' and 'The Rover' (NEW TRAILER, POSTERS)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 17, 2014 at 1:01PM

Aussie director David Michod's apocalyptic thriller "The Rover," starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, was announced as part of the Cannes lineup this morning (though not part of the competition), and distributor A24 has timed the release of a new trailer and character posters for the film, which has a June 13 limited stateside release.
Robert Pattinson in 'The Rover'
Robert Pattinson in 'The Rover'
David Cronenberg and Rob Pattinson
David Cronenberg and Rob Pattinson

Maybe Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux didn't want two Rob Pattinson movies in his competition lineup. Pattinson rejoins venerable Cannes auteur David Cronenberg for competition entry "Map to the Stars," a follow-up to "Cosmopolis," which earned the "Twilight" star his best reviews to date. 

Written by Hollywood satirist Bruce Wagner ("Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills"), "Map to the Stars" stars Pattinson as a limo driver who flirts with both anxious movie star Julianne Moore and her pyromaniac assistant Mia Wasikowska; John Cusack and Olivia Williams star as Hollywood players. Here's the official synopsis (trailer below): 

The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Sanford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Christina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star.

One of Sanford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the '60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night. Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania...

Canadian distributor EOne will distribute in North America. 

Pattinson also stars in Aussie director David Michod's follow-up to Oscar-nominated "Animal Kingdom," apocalyptic thriller "The Rover," opposite Guy Pearce, which was announced as part of the Cannes lineup Thursday morning (as a Midnight special screening). While it may be too violent for the Palais crowd, so is R-rated "Map to the Stars." The difference? Cronenberg is a competition regular and Michod has never played Cannes before. Rarely does Fremaux allow entrance to the main competition to Cannes first-timers--Steven Soderbergh is the great exception, who went on to win the Palme d'Or for "sex, lies and videotape." But does Cannes want Pattinson walking the red carpet twice in a festival? You bet. (Yet again, both Pattinson and his "Twilight" costar Kristen Stewart will be in Cannes, as she stars in Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria.")

Not missing a beat, distributor A24 has timed the release of a new trailer and character posters for the film, which has a June 13 limited stateside release.

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.

The Rover character poster
The Rover character poster 2

This article is related to: Video, Video, Trailers, Trailers, The Rover, David Michôd, David Michôd, Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes

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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.