The Rover takes place in a world 10 years after the collapse of society. The rule of law has disintegrated and life is cheap. The film follows hardened loner Eric (Guy 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 (Robert Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will, it seems, go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him.
It's another fascinating, complex role for Pearce and appears to be another leap for Pattinson, who has thrown himself into a career working with interesting, challenging filmmakers.
Michôd co-wrote the story with Joel Edgerton (Warrior) before cranking out the script himself. With Scoot McNairy (Argo), David Field (Chopper) and Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom) also in the cast, The Rover hits US screens on 13 June before arriving here on 22 August. It will also be shown as part of the Midnight Screenings series at this years Cannes Film Festival.