Directed by acclaimed filmmaker David Michod ("Animal Kingdom"), "The Rover" is a "futuristic Western" about a hardened drifter who tracks down the villainous gang that stole some of his belongings.
Pattinson's role in the film was first reported back in May by Deadline.com.
For however brief, the timing "The Rover" announcement puts the focus back on Pattison's work. On Wednesday, the internet exploded in tears when it was revealed that Kristen Stewart, Pattinson's "Twilight" co-star and long-time girlfriend, cheated on him with director Rupert Sanders.
"I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected," Stewart said in a surprising statement. "This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry."
Stewart made some non-tabloid news of her own on Wednesday, hiring Alex Pettyfer to play her boyfriend in the movie "Cali." (Stewart is a producer on the thriller.)
Pattinson has yet to make a public statement about Stewart's indiscretions, but he's certainly planning to keep busy. In addition to "The Rover," he stars in "Cosmopolis" which is out later this summer. There's also the "Twilight" finale, "Breaking Dawn Part 2," which is scheduled to hit theaters in November.