In a display of secrecy that would impress JJ Abrams, an impressively scant amount of information managed to escape the Australian shoot for David Michôd's The Rover
. And the ensuing months haven't revealed much more. We've known it is a dystopian Western set in the near future, that Guy Pearce plays a lone wolf chasing a gang of thieves that stole his car and that Rob Pattinson comes along for the ride. And that's about it.
Now comes some more plot detail, courtesy of the announcement that fast-rising distributor A24 (The Bling Ring, The Spectacular Now) has picked up the film for US release.
THE ROVER is set in a world ten years following the collapse of the western economic system, where Australia's mineral resources have drawn the desperados and dangerous to its shores. With society in decline, the rule of law has disintegrated and life is cheap.
The film follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce), who travels the desolate towns and roads of the Australian outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car they leave behind the wounded Rey (Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that matters to him.
The film co-stars Scoot McNairy, David Field, Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones and Susan Prior.
A24 negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group and FilmNation Entertainment, which has also sold the film to a majority of territories worldwide based on a two-minute reel of footage from the film. Roadshow is expected to release The Rover in Australia in 2014.
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