Robert Pattinson Arrives In Australia As Competing Kristen Stewart Rumors Fly

Robert Pattinson has arrived in Australia to shoot his new film The Rover.

After presenting at Sunday’s 70th Golden Globe Awards, the Brit actor partied at HBO’s soiree then hit up hosts Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler’s after-party before Kristen Stewart, Sienna Miller, and Eddie Redmayne joined the fun.

But now it’s back to work.

According to Adelaide Now, after flying from LAX earlier this week, Pattinson (and his guitar) jetted into Adelaide from Melbourne on Wednesday, January 17.

The 26-year-old is set to begin a months long shoot partly at Adelaide Studios and partly in the Flinders Ranges through February and March. The Flinders Ranges is the largest mountain range in South Australia and is located approximately 200 km north-west of Adelaide.

If that all sounds very “outback,” that’s because it should.

Directed by David Michod (Animal Kingdom), last year Pattinson describedThe Rover as:

“[It’s] a kind of a western. It’s very existential. It’s really interesting. I couldn’t really explain to you what it’s about but it’s sort of about how much pain can the world take and how much disgust and cruelty before love dies. I think that’s kind of what it’s about.”

Pattinson’s co-stars include the always interesting Guy Pearce (Memento, LA Confidential, The Proposition) and Scoot McNairy (Killing Them Softly, Argo, Monsters).

Robert Pattinson (and guitar) plus an airport worker in Australia on Thursday

Nutshelled, the plot arc follows a man (Eric, Pearce) who is forced to pursue a dangerous gang of criminals — who stole his car — through the Australian outback because of something priceless that he left in the car.

Along the way Eric enlists the help of Rey (Pattinson), the “naïve and injured junior member of the gang, who was left behind in the bloody chaos of the gang’s most recent robbery.”

The whole thing is set in the near-future, so it will be interesting to see what dimension that brings to a production film buffs are already talking up on “Most Anticipated Film Lists“.

Meanwhile, Pattinson’s departure seems to have touched off a gossip meltdown.

The free-for-all kicked off on January 16 when The Sun quoted a talkative, anonymous source who declared Pattinson and Stewart had split up for a “second time.” The source further claims the couple have cooled off their relationship and gone back to being “good friends.”

Predictably the echo chamber — otherwise known as entertainment journalism — has picked up the ‘story’ and given it the legs it doesn’t really possess.

To add to the madness, some are reporting that Pattinson and Stewart are actually setting up a love nest in Montmartre, Paris, while others are already buying hats.

Ironically, these inconsistencies come just as Forbes names the pair Hollywood’s number one highest grossing romantic couple.

Compared to a rapacious press, the appeal of the Australian outback suddenly makes complete sense.

Flinders Ranges