Netflix described his sci-fi adventure Mute in a press statement.
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.
In comments that ran on The Independent, Jones described Mute as the “spiritual sequel” to his hit 2009 film Moon.
On his official Twitter account the director also stated that Mute is the second piece of a trilogy.
*cough* love you guys, but Source Code not part of any trilogy! Trilogy is Moon, Mute and a third film after that.
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 21, 2016
Mute‘s cast also includes Seyneb Saleh as Naadirah, Nikki Lamborn as Rhonna, Ulf Hermann as Gunther, Florence Kasumba as Tanya, Gilbert Owuor as Maksim, Daniel Fathers as Sgt. Robert Kloskowski, Noel Clarke as Stuart, Robert Sheehan as Luba, Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell, Anja Karmanski as Kathy.
Jones was heavily inspired by Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner.
The trailer showcases rich characters set to the backdrop of a futuristic metropolis of mystery. Skarsgard stars in what looks like his most daunting role yet.
20 seconds into the trailer the stage is set with a bar fight and a declaration of love. This all sends Leo on a quest to engage his muse with the mysterious past.
Relying only on raw emotion to convey his mute character’s thoughts against the bombastic characters portrayed by Rudd and Theroux, Leo quickly establishes himself as a new age hero.
This introduction proves yet again that Netflix finds unique ways to twist established actors into new identities.
Jones directed and co-wrote Mute with Michael Robert Johnson. The film is produced by Stuart Fenegan. Charles J.D. Schissel and Trevor Beattie are executive producers. Mute will be released on Netflix and enjoy a limited release in theaters on February 23rd.
Watch: Mute Trailer