Duncan Jones' new science fiction noir Mute has been bubbling under since his debut, Moon (2009). The release model has changed significantly since it was first conceived and according to Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Mute will have a Netflix release with a day and date theatrical run.
"I think they'll do what they did with Beasts Of No Nation (2015)," Skarsgård tells Empire magazine, "where they do a theatrical simultaneously to a Netflix release."
The film, which is currently shooting in Berlin, promises to bring a Blade Runner (1982) aesthetic to the video on demand service. "I've just got back from Dublin where Duncan showed me all the renderings and the visuals of it," adds Skarsgård, "and I'm very, very excited about it."
Mute is set in a dystopian Berlin 30 years in the future. Skarsgård plays Leo Beiler, a mute bartender who has to track down his missing girlfriend. "It's about a guy who was in an accident as a kid," explains the actor. "He's ex-Amish, so he lives a very monastic life: he doesn't have a cellphone or anything like that. He's left the [Amish] community but he still kinda follows the rules."
Jones has also promised a crossover with the Moon universe. So does Sam Rockwell's Sam pop up in Mute? "Maybe," teases Skarsgård. Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), meanwhile, is definitely in the film, playing an American surgeon who may have a clue as to the missing lady's whereabouts.