Netflix has unveiled its first trailer for Mute, the latest film from Warcraft director Duncan Jones, who confirmed earlier this month that it would begin streaming on February 23rd.
Set in the year 2052 in Berlin, Mute follows Leo (Alexander Skarsgård), a mute bartender who’s searching for his missing girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). After he protects his girlfriend from being harassed by customers, she tells him that while she loves him, “you don’t know me.” When she vanishes, he sets off to find her, running into a surgeon named Cactus Jack (Paul Rudd) and another man named Duck Teddington (Justin Theroux).
The film shares a universe with Jones’ debut film Moon. Where Moon was inspired by classic science fiction films like Outland or Silent Running, Jones has described Mute as taking a page from Blade Runner’s playbook — something we see in the neon-lit streets of Jone’s futuristic Berlin.
Jones noted recently on Twitter that he wrote Mute before Moon and that it would have been his first film. Impressed by Sam Rockwell’s audition, he ended up writing Moon for the actor, and Mute was pushed to the back burner after he directed Source Code and Warcraft and was at one point going to become a graphic novel. That never panned out, and eventually, Netflix picked up the film for its growing original content library.
Mute will begin streaming on February 23rd.