Duncan Jones casts Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd in sci-fi thriller Mute

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Nov 4, 2015, 1:37 PM EST

Duncan Jones’ upcoming movie Warcraft is still in post-production, but it doesn’t mean the director doesn’t have his eye on his next endeavor, titled Mute. In fact, he’s just cast two capable actors: Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) as the lead, and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) as a potential antagonist. 

According to Empire Online, Jones said, “It is unlike any other science fiction being made today.” 

The film takes place forty years in the future, in an “East meets West in a sort of sci-fi Casablanca,” writes Empire Online. The protagonist, to be played by Skarsgard, is a mute bartender. “The love of his life – his one reason for sticking around – has vanished, and as he searches deeper into the city’s darker corners, he’ll discover that an unusual pair of American surgeons (one of them Rudd) are the biggest clue to the missing woman’s whereabouts; but our hero doesn’t know whether they’re his best hope or his worst nightmare.”

I may be projecting my hopes into Empire’s synopsis, but the Eastern/Western futuristic setting seems to suggest a whiff of Blade Runner. That’s enough to make me sit up and pay attention.

Jones made a splash in 2009 with his low-budget, high-impact, sci-fi film, Moon, a taut drama about an astronaut alone on the Moon who may not in fact be as alone as he thought. His next film, Source Code, about a soldier who repeatedly travels through time to stop a bomber, also had a protagonist who was searching for answers despite conflicting evidence. 

Mute, a project that Jones says he has spent twelve years trying to make, seems to be the kind of personal film that we know the director for. Which makes me all the more curious to see what he does with Warcraft.

(Via EmpireOnline)