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If the name David Michod doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the writer/director of the gritty Australian crime film “Animal Kingdom”. He also co-wrote the Joseph Gordon-Levitt film “Hesher”, but chances are you’ve probably never heard of that one, either.
Michod’s latest is “Rover”, a thriller that currently has Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce (who also co-starred in Michod’s “Animal Kingdom”) in negotiations to star. The film would find Pearce playing a man who pursues a group of thieves that have absconded with his car through the wild and rugged Australian Outback. “Twilight’s” Pattinson, sans shiny fangs, will play one of the car thieves.
I wonder if Pearce’s character is like a super badass type that makes the thieves’ lives miserable as a result of the theft, or if he’s just an Everyman who doesn’t like having his stuff stolen. I guess we’ll find out when the film goes into production.
“Rover” will be written and directed by Michod, but he actually came up with the idea for the movie along with his “Animal Kingdom” star Joel Edgerton, who is now all over Hollywood trying to become the new Sam Worthington. That is, if Tom Hardy will stop hogging all the choice roles.
Pearce is coming off starring roles in “Lockout”, along with higher profiled supporting turns in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” and John Hillcoat’s “Lawless” on the horizon. Pattinson, post-“Twilight”, has made some pretty interesting career choices. His latest is David Cronenberg’s funky “Cosmopolis”, and he’ll be hunting Saddam Hussein pretty soon.
Via : Variety