Guy-Pearce-and-Robert-Pattinson-in-The-RoverDavid Michôd made a remarkable feature debut in 2010 with Animal Kingdom, and it’s no surprise that we’re looking forward to his sophomore film, The Rover.

The film features an all-star cast, led by Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, and Scoot McNairy, and with the three on board for Michôd, it’s definitely shaping up to be a must-see next year.

And in case you weren’t looking forward to it already, the first image of Pearce and Pattinson has been released, giving a great idea of what we can expect from Michôd here.

The Rover 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.

In this near future, a worldwide financial collapse has sent people to the mines of the Australian desert, and Pattinson is described as a denizen of the Outback. Michôd refers to him as a troubled and damaged young soul, marking a contrast with Pearce’s dark, dangerous, and murderous character.

Michôd is directing from his own script, reuniting with Joel Edgerton following Animal Kingdom to first write the story together.

The Rover is currently without a release date, but we’re expecting it to arrive sometime in 2014. With any luck, it’ll be fairly early next year. And though it’s early days yet, given the success of Michôd’s Animal Kingdom, we might even have an Oscar contender here for the end of this year. For now, here’s the first image from the film, which you can click through to enlarge.