After entering the world of large-scale fantasy with last year’s Warcraft, director Duncan Jones is returning to sci-fi for his next film, but this time with a smaller scope. His long-gestating futuristic project Mute finally went into production last year, and ahead of a release on Netflix in 2017, the first images and new synopsis have arrived.
Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux, it follows a mute bartender who has to track down his girlfriend in a near-future Berlin. Judging from this first look, we can see the Blade Runner-inspired set design and a mustachioed Rudd, which is often the best kind of Rudd. Check out the official synopsis and new images (above and below) for the film featuring a score from Clint Mansell.
Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin. Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo’s search for her takes him deep into the city’s seedy underbelly. A pair of wise-cracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love.
Mute will arrive on Netflix in 2017.