The director of the upcoming fantasy film, Warcraft, is finally gaining momentum on another film project. Duncan Jones has struggled for over a decade to get his Sci-Fi epic, Mute, moving forward. The project has been rumored to be getting closer to filming in the past only to sputter out. Now after 12 years, it looks like Jones’ pet project is finally going to make it to production.
Deadline is reporting that two key roles for the film have been cast with Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard. Mute is a story set in a futuristic Berlin where the world’s societal structures are crumbling under the pressures of an overdeveloped and overpopulated planet. The lead character is a bartender (Skarsgard) who is mute, hence the title, and searching for someone he loves. The key to unraveling the mystery may be held by a pair odd doctors (Rudd will play one), but can they be trusted?
“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.”
Jones has shown a knack for the unusual and thought provoking with his first two films, Moon (2009) and Source Code (2011). His current big budget film, Warcraft, is likely to be a bit more of the predictable Hollywood tentpole type film. However, it’s usually these films that studios crave, which a director has to make, to be able to get a pet project done.
“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. A release date has not yet been set for Mute.
Jones’ next film, Warcraft, is due in theater in June of 2016.