The Rover, David Michôd's futuristic, Australian Outback-set thriller that will premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (Midnight Screenings), has a new trailer. Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star in this dark tale about a middle-aged man, Eric (Pearce), hunting down the members of a gang who have stolen his last and most prized possession: his beat-up car. Pattinson, best known as the sparkling vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight film series, plays a (now) former member of the gang, Rey – left behind to die after he's seriously injured in a fight. See The Rover trailer below.
The youthful Rey, in fact, is unlike the other gang members. “If you don't learn to fight,” Eric warns him in a hard-to-understand mumble, “your death's gonna come real soon.” Not too soon, as Robert Pattinson – a likable and vastly underrated actor who'll hopefully be able to fully demonstrate his talent here – is one of the film's two leads. Wanna bet he learns to fight – or at least pull the trigger at the appropriate moment? And will a father-(surrogate) son bond ensue?
And finally, watching The Rover trailer we learn that, as “the center cannot hold, anarchy is loosed upon the world.” Proof positive that humankind's near future will remain just as bloodily chaotic as its present and its past.
'The Rover' cast
Written and directed by David Michôd, whose crime drama Animal Kingdom earned Jacki Weaver a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination, The Rover is based on a story by Michôd and Animal Kingdom co-star Joel Edgerton (also recently seen in the Leonardo DiCaprio version of The Great Gatsby).
Besides Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, The Rover also features Scoot McNairy, David Field, Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones, Susan Prior, Richard Green, Nash Edgerton (Joel's brother), Jamie Fallon, Scott Perry, Tawanda Manyimo, and Samuel F. Lee.
Robert Pattinson, I should add, has another film at Cannes 2014: David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, the second Cronenberg-Pattinson collaboration to be included in Cannes' Official Competition for the Palme d'Or – following Cosmopolis, two years ago. Besides Pattinson, Maps to the Stars features John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Carrie Fisher, Sarah Gadon, and Olivia Williams.
'The Rover' release dates
The Rover opens in France on June 4. It'll debut in New York City and Los Angeles on June 13, 2014; in the United States, it gets a wider release on June 20. If the IMDb information is accurate, The Rover also opens in The Netherlands and Denmark in June, and in the United Kingdom on August 22.
Robert Pattinson The Rover photo: A24Films.