Duncan Jones' Sci-Fi Thriller 'Mute' Releases Official Synopsis and First Photos
Between Rogue One's gritty, retro aesthetic, Blade Runner 2049's neo-noir roots, and the new images from Duncan Jones' new film Mute, the future looks a lot darker, rainier, and (admittedly) cooler. Mute, which will premiere on Netflix some time in 2017, is Jones' return to the kind of lower-budget sci-fi cult films that made him famous—Moon, his first film, was quickly hailed as one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. Mute has been eagerly anticipated since 2009, when the first concept art was released. Now we have an official synopsis from Netflix:
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 biggest surprise in here may be the inclusion of Paul Rudd in an indie dystopian sci-fi film. But in an interview with Empire, Jones described Mute as "a thriller with a very weird tone...It goes very dark, then it also goes very darkly funny. It's science-fiction urban, so it certainly owes some of its influence to Blade Runner." Well, if Paris Hilton can pull off a role in Repo! The Genetic Opera, then maybe Paul Rudd can swing being a wisecracking surgeon in a Blade Runner-inspired sci-fi film. Here he is with a giant mustache, along with some other amazing shots from the film:
If you can't wait for all these futuristic noir settings, go check out Quentin Lengele's Blade Runner 9732 VR project, which lets you walk around Rick Deckard's apartment in virtual reality. Just make sure Paul Rudd doesn't follow you in there.
Mute will be released on Netflix in 2017.