David Michod begins shooting The Rover and announces support cast

David Michod begins shooting The Rover

Actors Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones, Susan Prior and David Field have joined the cast in director David Michod’s follow up to his 2010 film Animal Kingdom.

The Rover has now begun production in the SA desert for a seven week shoot.

Hayes and Prior appeared in Animal Kingdom while Jones was recently seen in The Tree and David Field has been seen recently in A Moody Christmas as well as Oak’s Hungrythirsty ad.

The additional cast join already announced leads Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and Scoot McNairy, recently seen in Argo.

Michod wrote the film from a story conceived by himself and Joel Edgerton. It is produced by Animal Kingdom’s Liz Watts for Porchlight Films and David Linde of Lava Bear Films.

Natasha Braier, director of photographys on Shane Meadows’ Somers Town has been announced as cinematographer.

Watts and Linde said of the shoot: “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.”

According to the synopsis: “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.”

The film is distributed by Roadshow Films in Australia while FilmNation has the rights to worldwide sales on the project.

The film has been shot with funding support from Screen Australia, the South Australian Film Corporation and Screen NSW.

Animal Kingdom won 10 awards at the AFI Awards in 2010.


  1. Dela
    6 Feb 13
    10:37 am

  2. The weather in this region is almost unbearable. I have a feeling that is why Kristen is not on the set for a visit. Seven weeks will go by quickly and without distractions maybe even faster. I understand he will not be there for the entire seven weeks. His next projects location has not been announced nor the start of filming. Hopefully they will have some down time together before they both begin again.these sites like to bait us with lies about these two . The more we log in the more money they make.

  3. Jacqui
    6 Feb 13
    1:47 pm

  4. Congratulations. Extremely excited about this for so many reasons.

  5. Jean
    6 Feb 13
    2:17 pm

  6. This article is about the filming of The Rover, not whether Kristen is coming to see him. If people would stick to what the article is about instead of Rob’s personal life, then no one would be baited. Okay?

  7. Sasha
    6 Feb 13
    8:16 pm

  8. @Jean I agree wholeheartedly with you and the things you wrote. Robert Pattinson is an individual – an actor of his own and not a part of some sick fantasy from people who are not able to separate the roles he plays from the real him.

  9. Jlyn
    7 Feb 13
    2:28 am

  10. So excited for this movie!

  11. lil
    7 Feb 13
    6:31 am

  12. I hope this movie will be as good as Animal Kingdom was.Can’t wait.

  13. portia
    7 Feb 13
    8:38 am

  14. i think it would be really hard for kristen to visit rob on this movie…the outback is remote…i am sure they will be reunited once his part in the movie is done. I miss the heck out of of both of them…I really look forward to this movie and the next one rob is set to begin filming….very excited for him…..its nice to have a positive place to post …very lovely people here and a very lovely couple to talk about.!!!!

  15. Mike
    7 Feb 13
    10:17 am

  16. Dela and Portia,