The film, which Jones wrote with Mike Johnson (Sherlock Holmes), is set in a future Berlin 40 years from now. Our story finds Skarsgård as Leo Beiler, a mute bartender plying his trade in a city where East meets West in a sort of science fiction Casablanca (1942). 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 will discover that an unusual pair of American surgeons (Rudd will play one of them) are the biggest clue to the missing woman's whereabouts – but our hero doesn't know whether they are his best hope or his worst nightmare.
"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," says Jones in a statement picked up by Deadline. "The fact that I get to make it with Alexander Skarsgård 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."
And the news just gets better as the man who made Moon (2009) is reuniting some previous collaborators for the film, with Sam Rockwell set to appear in some capacity and composer Clint Mansell providing the score. Jones has been scouting locations and the plan is to shoot Mute before Warcraft: The Beginning arrives next year.