Our reader in a recent blog post had the opportunity to read The Rover script and shared her thoughts. There are no serious spoilers with what she shared so the comments were fun to read. Her comments are in italics:
- The main script summary: Imagine the old west - but instead of the past; its an downtrodden future where it seems hope is lost and everyone is clawing and clamoring to survive. A man (Eric) making his way through a seemingly lawless wasteland runs into trouble and gets sidetracked when his classic car is stolen. He has to deal with a number of odd characters while trying to get back on course. Rey, a somewhat troubled criminal, has his own journey to travel. Their paths intersect and a sort of friendship occurs. I won't say anymore. Don't want to cause any problems. Can't wait to see what Rob does with this character.
- Characters in the film: Mostly men in it. Only 2 women's speaking roles (3 if you count the old woman speaking Chinese).
- Rey really is a departure from the typical Rob role and I think an excellent choice to break away from his heartthrob movie stereotype. Guys are gonna love this film!
- I'm really looking forward to seeing Rob stretch his wings. After reading The Rover, I can say I'll probably be hiding my eyes for most of the film but the guys will love it. Great storyline and Rey is... well, going to be a fun part for Rob to play.
- What type of movie is it: Lot of gunplay. (Guys will love it.) I wouldn't say thriller. It's a good read. And I imagine it will be a great movie.
- Lead roles: Guy Pierce, if he is playing Eric, is the lead. Rey/Reynolds, the part Rob plays has the second most amount of screen time and is crucial to the movie.
- Character descriptions: I remember Eric is in jeans and a tee. I think Rey and the other 3 from his gang were dressed similarly (the four of them are supposed to be Americans). They are definitely dusty and dirty. (I absolutely DO remember that Rey's shirt comes off a time or two.) The number of accents in this movie is going to be tough. Especially for English Rob who will be doing a Southern (U.S.) accent while speaking to an Aussie, surrounded by Cambodian and Mandarin Chinese. Testing his skills, indeed.
- Answering the question if the future is sci-fi or more realistic: The depth of despair I felt while reading it came from realizing that this could very well be next week or next year. How easily life could be reset back to this kind of existence.