Duncan Jones helped come up with the concept for Mute over 12 years ago. So, with the first Mute trailer dropping this morning, it must be an exhilarating experience for the up and coming director to see such a long gestating idea finally come to life.
Jones co-wrote the script with his collaborator Michael Robert Johnson. The film stars an excellent trio of Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux. Sam Rockwell has a role in the movie as well, however, he isn’t seen in the sci-fi flick’s first trailer.
Skarsgård is at the center of the story which takes place in Berlin roughly 40 years from today. His character is a mute bartender on the search for his missing (and mysterious) girlfriend. His only clues come via two American surgeons played by Rudd and Theroux.
Duncan Jones stated that “Mute is an encapsulation of everything I am fascinated by; noir, science fiction, and unique people in trouble because of who and what they are.” Here is his movie’s official description:
“Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) – unable to speak from a childhood accident – searches for his missing girlfriend, the love of his life, his salvation, through dark streets, frenzied plazas, and the full spectrum of the cities shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin 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 strange currencies in which echoes of love and humanity are still worth listening to.”
Mute marks the continuation of Netflix’s attack on modern cinemas. It’s another big budget outing that will be exclusive to the streaming service.
2017 saw several high profile exclusives, including Bright, and Mute will be the first major milestone of Netflix’s 2018 campaign when it releases on February 23rd. Stay tuned to Nerd Much? for our review when we can get our grubby little hands on it.
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