By Scott Murray
Duncan Jones is finally getting to show us the sci-fi thriller that he's wanted to produce for a long time. Later this year, audiences will get to see the story about a bartender who has lost the ability to speak, but must find his missing girlfirend in the underbelly of a futuristic city in the movie Mute.
Alexander Skarsgård plays Leo, who lost his ability to speak as a child, but has to travel to the shady depths of 2052 Berlin to find her. The key to his success may come from two "wise-cracking" American surgeons, played by Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux.
Sci-Fi and classic movie fans will be excited to learn that the futuristic setting of this darker side of Berlin was inspired by movies like Casablanca and Blade Runner. While it's not set on the Moon, Jones has alluded to the idea that Mute is somehow connected to his film, Moon.
He teamed up with Michael Robert Johnson of Sherlock Homes to write the film, which will stream on Netflix sometime in 2017.
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.
The Netflix original film is directed by Duncan Jones and written by Jones and Michael Robert Johnson. Stuart Fenegan serves as producer and Charles J.D. Schissel and Trevor Beattie serve as executive producers. The film will launch in all territories where Netflix is available in 2017.
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