Duncan Jones seems to have a mystique about him, doesn’t he? It might be because his father was one of the most enigmatic, revered, unpredictable artists ever, David Bowie. Or because his career began with a bang, with critically-acclaimed films like Moon and Source Code, which showed that he was no mere rookie director; They demonstrated that he had serious chops, and was a filmmaker to look out for. Right out of the gate, he was able to get stars like Sam Rockwell and Jake Gyllenhaal to sign on and buy into his vision for those early films.
Then Warcraft came out, and- despite the fact that it was a high-profile bomb at the domestic box office that received bad reviews- the young director managed to walk away virtually unscathed. In fact, his next project, Mute, is already gaining plenty of buzz. Netflix recently picked it up, and it’s a passion project that Jones has been developing for 12 years. The film already counts as its stars Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Alexander Skarsgard (The Legend of Tarzan). Now Variety is reporting that another talented fellow has enlisted for Mute.
Justin Theroux, the actor-writer who’s best known for HBO’s The Leftovers,can currently be seen in The Girl On The Train, and who wrote Iron Man 2, is joining Rudd and Skarsgard in Mute.
Here’s how Netflix describes Mute, as well as the role Theroux will be playing, in their official press release:
“The film follows Leo (SkarsgÃ¥rd), a mute man searching for a missing person in the year 2052 in Berlin while dueling with two rogue villains played by Rudd and Theroux.”
Theroux is currently working on the final season of The Leftovers, and Mute is about to begin principal photography, so that’ll be a fun juggling act for him.
Mute is expected to go the Beasts of No Nation route, where it will have a limited theatrical run in order to qualify for awards, but will mainly count Netflix as its home.