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

by Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
April 17, 2014 1:01 PM
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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


  • L.A. | April 19, 2014 1:32 PMReply

    Robert is going to go very far with Cronenberg and Michod helping lead the way. His face, like his personality are so unique. He fascinates me and I wish him (all of them really) nothing but the best!

  • just me | April 18, 2014 6:44 PMReply

    there is a difference between PR and fandom. fans don't get paid for expressing their honest opinion. also there are two parties: Rob's fans and both directors DC and DM movies lovers that are going to watch their fave authors' films. if you don't like neither Robert no Cronenberg or Michod this thread is not for you. Move on.

  • Gues | April 18, 2014 10:53 AMReply

    I thought the Rover looked good and Maps looked boring.

  • paul | April 18, 2014 9:34 AMReply

    the rover looks like it will be a wild ride. I love that michod is showing at cannes.

  • ali | April 18, 2014 8:27 AMReply

    Must say that Rover trailer is giving me chills. Love Guy Pearce. Rob Pattinson getting a chance to show what he can do. His accent is perfect.
    David Michod is ace and he spotted Rob's vulnerability straight off in the auditions and knew he was perfect for this role. Can't wait to see it.

  • Ellie | April 18, 2014 7:13 AMReply

    Supper excited about those films and i have to say Pattinson is doing great.

  • Mark | April 18, 2014 4:11 AMReply

    Great fan of Cronenberg films but I must admit this Michod's film looks superb.

  • else | April 18, 2014 1:41 AMReply

    Kristen Stewart fans dying in jealousy. They even attacked @akstanwyck on twitter.

  • Sam | April 17, 2014 3:40 PMReply

    I am looking forward to seeing both of these films. Both Cronenberg and Michod are great directors with a unique vision when it comes to making films.

  • Jay | April 17, 2014 3:38 PMReply

    Go play in traffic little Krisbians. Don't you have a Sils Maria article you can go comment on?

  • Thank you Jay | April 19, 2014 11:00 AM

    The Krisbians don't realize that their obviously uncalled for, repetitive, nonsensical pokes at Robert Pattinson merely drive the nails deeper into Kristen Stewart's already sullied reputation.

  • Rhonda | April 17, 2014 3:32 PMReply

    Pattinson is boring in The Rover and in Maps to the Star seems Cosmopolis. He is doing sexy again. Nothing new.

  • guest | April 17, 2014 3:30 PMReply

    PR Pattinson is working very hard today. The Rover is not competition but every article says he is... good job Nick.

  • Germaine | May 10, 2014 5:30 PM

    The Rover was invited to be a part of the Festival. The Special Screening is an honor reserved for visionary directors. It will have a red carpet premiere, press confernce, photo call, just like all the other films that were specially selected to be in the Festival.

    Is that a distinction you don't understand because of a language barrier, or are you just ignorant? And Pattinson doesn't have a PR rep, he said if actors had to be responsible for their words and actions they would behave better. I wonder if he had anyone particular in mind when he said that?

    Nick is his manager, not a PR rep. It's quite insulting to him for you to imagine he does PR. He's above that kind of clean up work.

  • Jones | April 18, 2014 4:47 AM

    @Rhonda/Guess same person, don't be so jealous, when there's talent, there's succeed. Both films trailers looks very well acted and directed.

  • Guest | April 17, 2014 3:28 PMReply


  • Jay | April 17, 2014 3:37 PM

    The author didn't say it is. You might want to try reading the article before commenting

  • Sam | April 17, 2014 3:26 PMReply

    Edward Cullen no please

  • guest | April 17, 2014 3:26 PMReply

    Pattinson is a terrible actor.

  • @Guest | April 18, 2014 8:03 AM

    Michod and Cronenberg think he's talented. Between you and them I trust those two great directors.

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