Scoot McNairy Continues to Rise with Roles in 'The Rover' and 'Frank'
by Ben Pearson
November 19, 2012
Scoot McNairy may not be a household name, but he's been steadily working in front of the camera since 2001. Bouncing around from movies like Killing Them Softly to shows like "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Shield," McNairy really began to get noticed in the critical community with his performance in the low budget 2010 film Monsters, written and directed by Gareth Edwards (who is now helming the Godzilla remake for Legendary Pictures). Now Deadline reports that he's just joined the cast of two other films: The Rover, starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce, and also Frank, opposite Michael Fassbender.
The Rover is being called an "existential western" from Animal Kingdom writer/director David Michod, and it follows Robert Pattinson's character who travels across the Australian Outback to find his stolen car. We're guessing there's a bit more involved with it, though, considering the story is set in the near future and Pattinson himself has described it as "sort of about how much pain can the world take and how much disgust and cruelty before love dies."
Frank is a bit more of an enigma, but we know that it features Harry Potter star Domhnall Gleeson as an aspiring musician who joins a strange rock group with Michael Fassbender as the frontman. Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan wrote the script, and it seems like the story has a bit of an autobiographical slant to it as Gleeson is actually playing a younger version of writer Jon Ronson in the story.
There's no specific word on what role McNairy will have in either of these projects quite yet, but he's continued to make a name for himself with a great supporting turn in Affleck's Argo, and he stars with Brad Pitt later this month in Killing Them Softly. Plus, he'll also be among the insanely talented ensemble in Steve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, and many more. That's one we're definitely excited to see, and we'll keep you posted on all of these as we learn more.