Alexander Skarsgård is Playing a Mute Bartender in Duncan Jones’ Moon-Connected Science Fiction Film, and That’s All We Need to Know

Oh, wait, I typed “Mute“, not “nude.”

I’m sure you don’t mind.

Friend and streaming neighbor Netflix (likely with a simultaneous limited-theater run) has nabbed Duncan Jones’ next: a science fiction outing years in the making, starring Alexander Skarsgård as an “ex-Amish” man who still keeps to the tenets:

It’s about a guy who was in an accident as a kid. 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 community but he still kinda follows the rules.

Forty-some years from the present day in Berlin, Skarsgård’s character, Leo Beiler, “has only one reason for living:” his girlfriend, who’s gone missing. With the modern backdrop and a city run by gangsters, Beiler keeps bumping into a couple of American surgeons (uh-oh), at least one of whom you might recognize:


Holy … that’s a lot of pretty acting prowess in one movie. But, wait, there’s more. Skarsgård met with Jones and likened the Mute aesthetic to that of Blade Runner:



muteConcept art via Empire

In Empire Magazine‘s podcast, he also leaked the juicy tidbit that Mute has a Moon connection … and, in fact, Sam Rockwell’s Sam Bell is listed in the credits. The Leftovers and The Girl on the Train star Justin Theroux and Gilbert Owuor (True Blood, The Newsroom) are also aboard.

All I’m hoping is that this isn’t an Almodóvarian situation, if (no spoilers) you catch my drift.

Filming began this week; Mute‘s release date is TBA.


Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over eight years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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