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Pearce and Pattinson team up in Rover
Guy Pearce. Picture: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images.

Aussie Guy Pearce and Twilight star Robert Pattinson have signed on to star in the futuristic western The Rover.

The film is one of 12 movie and TV projects into which Screen Australia has injected $20 million.

David Michod, who directed the critically-acclaimed Animal Kingdom, will write and helm the flick set in the Australian desert "in a dangerous and damaged near future".

"The Rover is a powerful well-crafted script from a talented team with an impressive cast," Screen Australia's chief executive Ruth Harley said in a statement.

Another film that Harley said has "international breakout potential" is the contemporary drama Felony, which Joel Edgerton has written and will produce.

Then there's Aim High in Creation, a hybrid documentary drama about the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

"Anna Broinowski's Aim High in Creation is a distinctive, ambitious film with a humorous and entertaining story," Harley said.

Don Hany and Hugo Weaving will head the cast of the film Healing, a prison drama that Harley said "promises to be a highly emotional and moving story on screen".

Part of the funding will go into television.

Among the TV dramas that will benefit from the investment include Wentworth (Foxtel); Gallipoli (Nine Network) a four-part mini-series based on the book by Les Carlyon; Better Man (SBS) a four-part true-crime drama; Parer's War (ABC) is a telemovie biopic about World War II frontline cameraman Damien Parer.

A second series of the ABC's Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries will also get investment.