We’re a little under a month out from the premiere of The Rover, the followup to Australian writer-director David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom. And if that drama was intimate, gritty, and vicious, this one – set in the wake of some kind of social catastrophe – looks grimmer still.
Those are Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson’s grizzled mugs you see there on the poster, with poor Pattinson looking like he’s about to be on the receiving end of some hurt. That’s because his brother stole Guy’s car – and Guy really loves his car.
From the official synopsis:
The Rover, David Michod’s highly anticipated follow-up to Animal Kingdom, is set in a world 10 years following the collapse of society. The rule of the law has disintegrated and life is cheap. The film follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car they leave behind a wounded Rey (Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him. Michod also wrote the film based on a story he conceived with Joel Edgerton.
Edgerton was one of the leads in Animal Kingdom (Pearce also had a pivotal role in the messy, family crime flick), so it’ll be interesting to compare this to the 2010 film and see what he was able to contribute.
So what do you think of the poster? Does it have you hyped for a little apocalypse down under?
The Rover opens in New York and L.A. on June 13; nationwide on June 20.