Not to be discouraged by the reception of some of its recent films, Netflix is doubling down on original movies, adding some big names to its science-fiction thriller Mute.
The latest, according to Variety, is none other than Justin Theroux. The star of The Leftovers, Theroux actually is a familiar face on HBO, popping up in a number of productions on the cable channel over the years like John Adams and Six Feet Under.
After a forgettable foray into films through Zoolander 2 earlier this year, Theroux is trying again. This time, however, he’s alongside Ant-Man himself Paul Rudd, and True Blood alum Alexander Skarsgard, who will play Leo Beiler.
Skarsgard is portraying a mute bartender in Berlin, 40 years in the future, in what has become a roiling city of immigrants, where east crashes against west. His character will be looking for a woman who has disappeared – and when his search takes him deep into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons seem to be the only recurring clue.
Mute was written by Michael Robert Johnson and Duncan Jones, with Jones directing. Johnson’s biggest writing credit was 2009’s Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
Jones, on the other hand, is the man behind 2009’s critical favorite Moon as both the story developer and the director. However, he also wrote and directed Warcraft: The Beginning, which earned a measly $47.2 million domestically, but exploded overseas to bring its worldwide total to $433.1 million.
Although Netflix is prepping the film to appear on its streaming service in 2017, there’s a good chance it also could make a limited run in theaters. Last week, Netflix announced a partnership with iPic Entertainment that would give a chance for moviegoers to check out select Netflix films on the big screen.
The first film to get that treatment was The Siege of Jadotville, which was reviewed only by six critics according to Rotten Tomatoes, only impressing half of them.
Theroux, who also is a writer who worked on films like Zoolander 2 and Iron Man 2, most recently appeared in the mystery thriller, The Girl on the Train.
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