‘Mute’ – Blade Runner in Berlin?

By Ryan Keating-Lambert

So way back when Moon came out, I was excited about the talk of director Duncan Jones’s other project in the works: Mute, about a deaf bartender in a futuristic Blade Runneresque Berlin. Jones went on to make Source Code, a very decent sci-fi thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and then the over-the-top Hollywood adaptation of video game Warcraft. FINALLY, Jones has returned to his passion project Mute, and who better to kick off his dream project than Netflix.

Little is known about the plot of the film other than that troubled mute bartender Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) embarks on a search for his girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh) who mysteriously disappears in the criminal underworld of a futuristic Berlin. Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux will supposedly be playing comical surgeons involved in the disappearance.

According to Jones, Mute is somewhere in between Blade Runner and Casablanca. The concept sounds intriguing, just look at that illustration from the graphic novel. But Skarsgård? Hopefully Jones can flesh a decent performance out of him. Check out some of the early stills below.

Alexander Skarsgard as Leo Photo: Legion of Leia
Paul Rudd Photo: Legion of Leia

The incredible soundtrack composer Clint Mansell who did the music for Moon and a bunch of Darren Aronofsky film, will return for Mute. That’s the icing on the cake for me!

Mute will be released through Netflix this year but no set date is yet available.

Feature photo: Screen Rant



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