Moon director Duncan Jones’ new film Mute has received an official premiere date from Netflix. The sci-fi thriller will hit the streaming service on February 23rd, 2018. Alexander Skarsgård, Justin Theroux and Paul Rudd head up the cast. Seyneb Salah, Nikki Lamborn, Ulf Herrman also star. Sam Rockwell reportedly has a cameo as his Moon character Sam Bell. Mute acts as the second part of a planned trilogy beginning with Moon and ending with an unannounced third film.
Mute takes place in a near-future Berlin that looks a whole lot like Los Angeles in Blade Runner. Alexander Skarsgård plays a mute bartender named Leo in love with a beautiful woman named Naadirah (Saleh). When Naadirah vanishes, Leo must descend into the Berlin underworld in order to find her. There he encounters a pair of oddball American surgeons (Justin Theroux and Paul Rudd) who may hold the only clues to Naadirah’s whereabouts.
Mute director Duncan Jones previously teased a February release for his sci-fi noir mystery. Now Jones has tweeted the exact day fans can fire up Netflix and see what he’s cooked up. Jones also includes a GIF of Alexander Skarsgård looking like he could use a few hours sleep. See the tweet below.
So here we are.@mute. Starring Alex Skarsgård, Justin Theroux & Paul Rudd.
Out on Netflix February 23.
Got there in the end! pic.twitter.com/omcWdicxTh
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 19, 2018
Jones burst on the scene in a big way with his 2009 sci-fi mystery Moon. The film stars Sam Rockwell as a lonely man running a lunar mining operation who discovers the stunning truth about his own origins. The low-budget film wowed critics and has gone on to become a beloved cult film. Jones followed Moon with the bigger-budgeted Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The high-concept for that involved a soldier in an experimental program trying to solve the case of a train bombing by reliving the same 8 minutes over and over. In 2016, Jones made the leap to big-budget filmmaking with the $160 million tentpole Warcraft. Critics savaged the film, but international audiences made it a hit.
Jones now returns to low-budget sci-fi with Mute, a film that at least sounds intriguing on its face. The director certainly proved his ability to handle story and character on Moon, a tight, skillfully made film. Jones’ talents perhaps were not given a chance to show up on Warcraft, a big, studio blockbuster. We will see what Jones does with his classically noirish Mute concept and solid cast. Images from the film promise a very Blade Runner-esque aesthetic: lots of neon and grubbiness and misery. Netflix will also soon debut the series Altered Carbon, another work clearly inspired by Blade Runner.
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