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Robert Pattinson To Saddle Up For Western

The Rover given green light by Australian film financing company...

After turns as a wizard, vampire and a circus vet, Robert Pattinson is preparing to saddle up for a western.

R-Pattz' film The Rover got the green light as an Australian production company this week announced it would provide financing for it and three other flicks.

"These four highly engaging and diverse Australian stories have huge potential," Screen Australia's CEO, Ruth Harley, said in a statement posted by The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Rover is a powerful, well-crafted script from a talented team with an impressive cast."

Set in the Australian desert, The Rover is a futuristic western about Eric, a man who "has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him, as he's forced to join an injured gang member, Rey, to hunt down Rey's gang after they steal the last of Eric's possessions."

Guy Pearce and Animal Kingdom director David Michôd join R-Pattz for The Rover. Porchlight Films will produce the movie in association with Los Angeles-based Lava Bear Films, with Liz Watts, David Linde and Michôd producing.

After starring as a lead in a blockbuster series like Twilight, many actors might have a hard time adapting to other roles. However, since Twilight made Pattinson a household name and heartthrob in 2008, the British actor has brought his box-office popularity to a series of roles in well-received films.

Interestingly, all of his post-Twilight choices, from Remember Me to Water For Elephants, have so far been in the drama genre. His next film, Cosmopolis, (opening in August) sees Pattinson in an edgier role, as it tells the story of a Wall-Street trader losing control in a stock market free fall.

Pattinson's fifth and final film as Edward Cullen, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, hits the big screen in November.

R-Pattz has had a bit of a rough week, with news of Kristen Stewart's infidelity going public.