One viewing of the new trailer for Netflix’s Mute will leave you no closer to understanding what the film’s about than you were before you watched the two-minute video. Even so, the trailer’s completely captivating.
Mute comes from director Duncan Jones and is much closer in tone to his Moon and Source Code than his video game-inspired Warcraft. Jones co-wrote the sci-fi thriller’s script with Michael Robert Johnson (Pompeii, Late Shift). Stuart Fenegan. Charles J.D. Schissel, and Trevor Beattie served as executive producers.
The cast of Mute is led by Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies, True Blood), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later), and Justin Theroux (The Leftovers, The Girl on the Train). The ensemble also includes Robert Sheehan, Seyneb Saleh, Gilbert Owuor, and Noel Clarke.
Netflix is planning a February 23, 2018 premiere.
Describing the project while it was filming, writer/director Duncan Jones said, “Mute is an encapsulation of everything I am fascinated by; noir, science fiction, and unique people in trouble because of who and what they are. I’m delighted to be able to return to Berlin for the shoot, a place I lived for a period of time growing up, and I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a film that is so close to my heart.”
The Plot: 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. This soulful sci-fi journey from filmmaker Duncan Jones imagines a world of strange currencies in which echoes of love and humanity are still worth listening to.