The Rover released a teaser trailer in January, and now the first full-length look at the film is here!
The Rover is set in the futuristic Australian outback. After a gang of criminals stole his sole possession, Eric (Pearce) goes on a mission to track his missing car down and enact justice. Along the way, he enlists the help of Rey (Pattinson), a naïve and injured gang member who was previously left for dead.
Directed and co-written by David Michôd, the crime drama also stars actors Scoot McNairy, Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones, Susan Prior, Nash Edgerton, David Field, Jamie Fallon and Samuel F. Lee.
Before production began, Pattinson spoke to IndieWire about the movie. "It's a kind of a western. It's very existential. It's really interesting," he said. "I couldn't really explain to you what it's about but it's sort of about how much pain can the world take and how much disgust and cruelty before love dies."
Laughing, the 27-year-old Twilight and Bel Ami star added, "David Michôd's going to read this and be like 'What the f--k are you talking about? It's a crime movie.'" Indeed it is. "It's like a new gold rush, where people from all corners of the world have come out to the desert to scrape out an existence—petty criminals and miscreants and hustlers," Michôd later told Entertainment Weekly. "The basic story is really quite elemental: You've got a really dark, dangerous, murderous person in Guy's character, and in Rob's character you have a quite troubled and damaged, but beautiful and naïve, soul."
The Rover will inevitably draw comparisons to past films in similar settings. "You put cars in the desert in Australia and people are going to think of Mad Max," Michôd said. "And with all due respect to that film—and I stress that—I think The Rover is going to be way more chillingly authentic and menacing."