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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.

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