Alexander Skarsgard stars as a mute bartender searching for his missing girlfriend in the grim, shadowy streets of near-future Berlin. Jones also co-wrote the screenplay along with Michael Robert Johnson (Sherlock Holmes, Pompeii). Paul Rudd rocking Anchorman-level facial hair and Justin Theroux looking like Owen Wilson on a very bad day. Set in a near-future Berlin, the film stars Alexander Skarsgård as a mute barman called Leo who is desperate to find his missing girlfriend while Rudd and The Leftovers actor Justin Theroux play a pair of irreverent USA army surgeons named Cactus Bill and Duck.
Duncan Jones's filmmaking career got off to a fantastic start with 2009's Moon and 2011's Source Code, two ingenious sci-fi films that marked him as one of Hollywood's most promising new genre talents. Watch the - expletive-featuring - trailer for Mute, above.
Given that Jones has long discussed Mute as a passion project he's been aiming to make for more than a decade, hopes are high for the director's latest, which by the looks of the above trailer may be one of the year's early surprises.
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It will stream only on Netflix starting February 23. Charles J.D. Schissel and Trevor Beattie are executive producers. Along the way he'll team up with Cactus Bill (Rudd) and Duck (Theroux), "a pair of irreverent US Army surgeons on a mission all their own". This soulful sci-fi journey from filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code, Warcraft) imagines a world of odd currencies in which echoes of love and humanity are still worth listening to.
Poster for Netflix's 'Mute'.