“I met Rob once before I even knew I was going to film ‘The Rover.’ He is among the 400,000 people I met in Los Angeles when ‘Animal Kingdom‘ came out there. (Laughing) I knew nothing about him, I hadn’t seen the Twilight movie – Still haven’t seen them, by the way. However, some of my friends had told me he was an interesting guy,” director David Michod told Premiere magazine (via Robert Pattinson 360). “I was impressed by his intelligence, his energy, but that day, I was especially struck by his face. I thought I was going to come face to face with one of those young trendy guys whose beauty is boring, but his mug is fascinating, totally unique. Then, when we began casting for the film, I saw a lot of actors, some very well-known, but Rob’s tests were magnificent and very moving. And what was important to me, he really wanted to do the film, you could see it.”
And perhaps you can get that sense too, with the first clip from the dropping online today, as its Cannes Film Festival debut creeps closer and closer. Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce star in the film set ten years after the collapse of society, with little in the way of law and order. When Rey (Pattinson) is carjacked and left for dead, he falls into an uneasy partnership with loner Eric (Pearce), who helps him track the down the gang of thieves. And as you’ll see in this clip, there isn’t much hope out there in the Australian outback.