Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd are officially set to lead Duncan Jones’ long-awaited passion project MUTE. The pic will star Skarsgard as mute bartender Leo Beiler in a near-future Berlin, who hits the town and enters the gangster underworld in order to find his missing love. Beiler’s investigation brings him to encounter a strange duo of American surgeons (led by Rudd) who appear to be the only recurring piece of the puzzle. Leo can’t tell if they’re here to help, or if they’re who he should be afraid of.
Lotus Entertainment has also come onto the project, with Bill Johnson executive producing. Lotus is handling sales at AFM and financing. Jones and Stuart Fenegan will produce via their Liberty Films banner. Jones is directing, based on a script that he co-wrote with Mike Johnson.
“I’ve been working towards making Mute for 12 years now. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that we’re finally going to shoot this utterly unique film,” said Jones regarding the project. “The fact that I get to make it with Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd makes it all the more exciting! Mute is a film that will last. It is unlike any other science fiction being made today.”
Lotus’ Jim Seibel said: “We’re very excited to work with Duncan and Stuart. They are an immensely talented team that will surely deliver an exciting and cinematic film. Duncan is a true visionary filmmaker and the real deal. It’s his caliber of talent that makes storytelling both visually exciting and captivating.”
Talking about the project, Fenegan stated: “Bill, Jim and Ara share the same passion I do for building another vision of the future with Duncan. I look forward to going on this journey with them, and also reuniting with Sam Rockwell and composer Clint Mansell… can’t do sci-fi without Sam and Clint!”
Skarsgard recently wrapped production and David Yates‘ Tarzan for Warner Bros., while Rudd just completed Captain America: Civil War for Marvel Entertainment and Disney. Jones most recently directed Universal’s Warcraft, which will hits cinemas next June.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor