Director Duncan Jones (Source Code, Warcraft: The Beginning) has been bigging up Mute – apparently a sci-fi spin on Casablanca – ever since his breakthrough movie Moon became a big hit. He’s also been saying how the project is in some way connected to Moon, though not a sequel and with a very different setting; it could also be the second part in a trilogy. At various times he’s also expressed a desire that Moon star Sam Rockwell should appear in it in some small way (though he has always been vague about whether Rockwell would be playing the same character).
Now it looks like we’ll finally get to see what he’s been talking about all these years and whether Rockwell gets a part in it.
Jones suddenly tweeted yesterday that Mute, which will be set in Berlin 40 years into the future, will begin filming next week. He also confirmed that the link between Moon and Mute still existed, telling a Twitter user that Mute was indeed ”related to Moon” (smiley face) which starred Rockwell as a man living and working in isolation on the Moon.
Mute will star Alexander Skarsgard as a mute bartender who goes on a journey into the underbelly of future Berlin and encounters a pair of American surgeons, one of which is played by Paul Rudd. In various interviews over the years Jones has suggested that the two surgeon roles would be perfect for a comedy double act, so it’ll be interesting to see who Rudd is teamed with (please let it be Michael Peña).
Jones has written the script with Mike Johnson. [via The Hollywood Reporter]