The Rover unveils more cast members as production continues

06 February, 2013 by Brendan Swift

Production is underway on The Rover, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, in the South Australian outback.

The seven-week shoot began on January 29 and has already attracted the interest of local tabloid, The Advertiser, which ran on-set photos on its front page this week.


The film, written and directed by David Michôd, also stars Scoot McNairy (Argo, Killing Them Softly) who plays Pattinson's brother; Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom, Not Suitable for Children); Gillian Jones (Oscar and Lucinda, The Tree); Anthony Hayes (Burning Man, Animal Kingdom) and David Field (Chopper, Two Hands).

In a statement announcing the new cast, producers Liz Watts and David Linde said: "The South Australian desert environment can be a tough one to work in, particularly for those coming from a Northern Hemisphere winter but both the cast and crew have thrown themselves into the shoot. We are shooting in some of the most haunting and stunning landscapes in the world, and are fortunate to have such an exceptional cast and a truly talented crew."

The film is set in a dangerous and damaged near future, where Eric (Pearce) has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him. A gang of desperate criminals steals his last possession prompting him to set off on a ruthless mission to track them down. He enlists the help of Rey (Pattinson), a naïve and injured junior member of the gang who was left behind in the chaos of the gang's most recent robbery.

FilmNation represents US sales (with UTA Independent Film Group) and has also acquired the majority of worldwide sales rights. Roadshow Films will distribute The Rover in Australia and New Zealand.