Here is a new photo of Robert Pattinson on The Rover set! Below you’ll also find a new interview. Enjoy!
From The Sunday Morning Herald: ‘It’s very odd,” Robert Pattinson says. ”There’s something strange and disturbing about the whole relationship.”
The Twilight actor is talking about the two characters at the heart of his new film, The Rover, which finished shooting on Saturday in outback South Australia.
He plays a young man, Rey, caught up in an uneasy, dangerous alliance with a stranger, Eric (Guy Pearce), in a not-too-distant future.
The Rover is the much-anticipated new film from David Michod, the writer-director of Animal Kingdom. The title refers to Pearce’s character: damaged, solitary, utterly without hope.
Pattinson has been casting his net widely since his lead role in the wildly successful Twilight movies brought him celebrity and a certain amount of paparazzi attention. He’s quick and sometimes self-deprecating, and has a surprisingly hearty laugh. Looking for roles post-Twilight, he says, ”I don’t know if I’m necessarily any good at sculpting a career or anything. But I know what I want to do.”
He wanted to be part of The Rover because ”it was an original script and it was one of those parts where you read it and you think, ‘I’d love to do this, but I know I’m never going to get it.”’. There, ”already self-defeating before I’ve even started”, he says.
In this film, he’s a long way from the debonair 19th-century Frenchman of Bel Ami or the New York billionaire of Cosmopolis, two of his recent roles. The near-future that Rey inhabits has a broken-down, improvised, desperate feel, and Pattinson’s appearance is in keeping: unkempt and unshaven, with make-up that discolours his teeth.
Rey is an American who has come to Australia with his brother. He is, Pattinson says, ”the kind of person who has been brought up to believe they’re incapable of living independently. Someone has always been looking after him.” When he’s separated from his brother, ”almost the first person that comes along, he grabs them. It doesn’t matter how he gets treated”. And Eric treats him very badly at first.
The Rover was shot over seven weeks, ending with more than a fortnight in the remote small town of Marree, 685 kilometres north of Adelaide, whose population of 90 more than doubled with the presence of the movie crew. Almost every part of Marree has been incorporated into the world of the movie. The filmmakers said it felt like their own Hollywood studio backlot.
The Rover takes place ”in an unspecified relatively near future, after a number of years of quite seriously steady Western economic decline,” Michod says. ”It’s not post-apocalypse. This is an Australia that has broken down into a kind of resource-rich Third World country.”
He did not start with the idea of this near-future, but with the enigmatic, shifting relationship between the two central characters. He wrote the role of Eric for Pearce, but did not start thinking about Pattinson until they met in Los Angeles. He had not – and still has not – seen any of the Twilight films, but had been told that Pattinson was interesting. He found Pattinson was ”really smart, and not the sort of pretty boy I was expecting. As soon as it was time to start testing… he was my first choice, by a long way.”
From The Daily Telegraph: Edward Cullen wouldn’t last five minutes in the baking heat of Marree, a one-pub town 650km north of Adelaide.
But Robert Pattinson has channeled the physical discomfort of his seven-week summer shoot in the middle of the Aussie Outback into a character he hopes will make an equally indelible impression as the Twilight vampire.
“It’s added lots to the performance – being covered in dirt, pouring sweat, with tons of flies around. You lose your inhibitions quite quickly,” the English star said on the set of his latest film, The Rover, in which he sports a crude DIY haircut and badly-decayed teeth.
A neo-western set in a brutal, anarchic near future, the $12 million film is director David Michod’s hotly anticipated follow-up to the internationally acclaimed Animal Kingdom.
Guy Pearce plays the title character, an embittered outsider with whom Pattinson’s naive victim forms an uneasy alliance.
Marree, population 90, is about as far from Hollywood as an actor can get.
“That’s good in some ways,” Pattinson says. “You definitely end up making a different movie. Being in the desert has a funny effect. It does change you in a way.”
Pattinson confirmed his participation in three upcoming projects: Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert with Naomi Watts and Jude Law; Maps to the Stars, a comedy directed by David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis); and Hold Onto Into Me with Carey Mulligan.
Press release from Porchlight Films and Lava Bear Films with updates about Robert Pattinson‘s ‘The Rover‘.
[First image of THE ROVER] Porchlight Films and Lava Bear Films have announced that filming on The Rover started on Tuesday January 29. With support from Screen Australia, the South Australian Film Corporation and Screen NSW, the seven-week shoot will take place in South Australia.
Written and directed by David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover is a slow burn thriller, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson (“The Twilight Saga”).
Joining them are Scoot McNairy, who plays Pattinson’s brother, Susan Prior, Gillian Jones, Anthony Hayes and David Field. All have descended on regional South Australia for the hot and dusty shoot.
While donning the directorial hat, Michôd also wrote the script for The Rover based on a story he conceived with Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty). 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.
Liz Watts is producing for Porchlight Films and David Linde for Lava Bear Films. Watts and Porchlight Films produced Michôd’s debut feature Animal Kingdom. At the start of production, the producers commended the enthusiasm of the cast in their new environment.
“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,” Watts and Linde said.
FilmNation represents U.S. sales with UTA Independent Film Group. FilmNation also acquired the majority of worldwide sales rights to The Rover and the film has already been sold to leading distributors around the world – including Australia where distributor Roadshow Films’ Managing Director Joel Pearlman added “this is an incredibly exciting project which we are thrilled to be working on with Liz, David and the whole creative team.”
Shooting completes in mid-March in South Australia, with postproduction taking place in Sydney.
Some pictures of Robert Pattinson filming his new movie, ‘The Rover.’
The teen heart-throb was on the roadside set for just an hour for a fight scene where it appeared he came off second best.
In their efforts to block The Advertiser ‘s exclusive shots, the film crew and minders closed the road and claimed “ownership” of the town of about six buildings, east of Port Augusta.
“We own this town,” a film producer told The Advertiser.
Minders used umbrellas and trucks to keep intrusive cameras off the star, who appeared to be sporting a close-shaved haircut for the role.
He also looks to have forgone his clean-cut look for the movie and has a three-day growth.
The scene featured Pattinson staggering out of the passenger side of a ute before being beaten to the ground by the driver.
Extras and a potential stand-in for Pattinson were also in Hammond for the filming and had earlier been in nearby Quorn where Pattinson is said to have had a drink at one of its pubs over the weekend.
Earlier yesterday, The Rover crew was filming at an even more remote location, the largely deserted town of Bruce.
The Rover is understood to be shooting at locations deeper in to the Flinders Ranges for the rest of this week and next month as far north as Marree.
The stars of the film and some of the extras are understood to be staying in Port Augusta while the movie’s production centre has been set up in the Quorn Town Hall.
On set, the stars are well catered for as temperatures reach the high-30s this week – they have two airconditioned motorhomes.
Pattinson flew into Adelaide on January 18 – minus actress girlfriend Kristen Stewart – and spent more than a week around town, meeting the film’s producers at the SA Film Corporation’s new Glenside studios
The Twilight star was spotted having dinner on Gouger St with The Rover director David Michod and producer Liz Watts.
Pattinson was also photographed riding a bike around the Rivers Torrens without a helmet – an offence that earned him a warning from the police.
Screen Australia has announced almost $20 million investment in a diverse slate of feature films, adult television drama projects and children’s television series. The investment in 12 projects will trigger $100 million in production.
Features approved include The Rover, a futuristic Western from the producer and writer/director of Animal Kingdom, Liz Watts and David Michôd. Michôd will join Watts and David Linde (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as a producer. The film’s cast includes world-class acting talents Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce.
Screen Australia’s Chief Executive Ruth Harley said, “These four highly engaging and diverse Australian stories have huge potential. The Rover is a powerful well-crafted script from a talented team with an impressive cast. Anna Broinowski’s Aim High in Creation is a distinctive, ambitious film with a humorous and entertaining story. Felony has international breakout potential and Healing promises to be a highly emotional and moving story on screen.”
Dr Harley said, “It’s great to support such a substantial slate of distinctive and compelling adult drama and children’s programs, delivering unique Australian storytelling at its best. Across both adult and children’s television, Screen Australia’s investment commitment will produce 66 hours of television and generate budgets of $73.6 million.”
“Screen Australia is committed to investing in a production slate that encourages new talent, develops successful screen practitioners and promotes ongoing achievement,” concluded Dr Harley.
THE ROVER Porchlight Films Pty Ltd in association with Lava Bear Films LLC Producers Liz Watts, David Linde, David Michôd Writer/Director David Michôd International Sales FilmNation Australian Distributor Village Roadshow Synopsis The Australian desert in a dangerous and damaged near future. Eric has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him. And then he has his last possession stolen by a gang of dangerous criminals. Eric sets off on a ruthless mission to track them down, forced along the way to enlist the help of Rey, the naïve and injured junior member of the gang, who was left behind in the bloody chaos of the gang’s most recent robbery.