The first images from Duncan Jones' upcoming near-future sci-fi thriller Mute have surfaced, promising a wealth of gorgeous production design.
Mute follows Alexander Skarsgard's mute bartender as he becomes embroiled in the seething underworld of a near-future, neon-lit, rain-slicked Berlin following the disappearance of his girlfriend. Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux co-star as a pair of back-alley surgeons that appear to be somehow connected with the mystery.
The images show a clear parallel with the aesthetics of Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi film Blade Runner, as well as the broader neon-drenched atmospheres of classic cyberpunk fiction. If this alone wasn't enough (it certainly gets an old cyberpunk like this writer excited), Jones has already proven himself to be a director to look out for, with his previous films like Moon and Source Code looming large in recent years' rundowns of great modern sci-fi. He most recently made Warcraft which, while not particularly well received, was certainly swinging for the fences.
Mute has unfortunately had a bumpy ride, originally developed as a follow-up to (and supposedly set in the same universe as) Jones' debut Moon. Since then the film has proven difficult to sell to producers and distributors. However, it's now been picked up by Netflix, and will be premiering on the streaming service later this year, though we don't have a specific date as yet. Watch this space!