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Duncan Jones’ Long-Promised ‘Mute’ Adds Justin Theroux As a ‘Rogue Villain’

Theroux joins Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd in the spiritual sequel to Jones' 2008 film "Moon."

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In the years following his 2008 debut film “Moon,” director Duncan Jones has tried to get its spiritual sequel “Mute” off the ground. The film follows mute bartender Leo Beiler working in a futuristic Berlin in order to find the love of his life who has disappeared. As Leo’s search draws him deep into the city’s underworld, an odd pair of rogue American surgeons keep recurring and Leo has to figure out if they’re friends or enemies. Though Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd have already joined the cast as Beiler and one of the Americans respectively, Variety reports that actor Justin Theroux has now rounded out the main trio, playing the other American surgeon.

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Per the film’s official synopsis — shared over on Collider — both Rudd and Theroux are billed as “rogue villains” who set out against Beiler.

Theroux is arguably best known for his current starring role in HBO’s series “The Leftovers” where he plays Kevin Garvey. Before that, he has appeared in two David Lynch films — “Mulholland Dr.” and “Inland Empire” — Mary Harron’s “American Psycho,” Michael Mann’s “Miami Vice,” and more. He currently co-stars in the adaptation of “The Girl On the Train,” now in theaters. He also wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for “Tropic Thunder,” “Iron Man 2,” “Rock of Ages,” and “Zoolander 2.”

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“Mute” is produced by Stuart Fenegan for Liberty Films and will be released sometime in 2017 by Netflix.

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