Justin Theroux's Mute role

Justin Theroux has joined the cast of Duncan Jones' new sci-fi thriller 'Mute', which also stars Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd

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Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux has joined sci-fi thriller 'Mute.

The 45-year-old actor is a late arrival to the movie, on which shooting has already commenced with director Duncan Jones helming the project.

At present Theroux's role is unknown but he has been added to a cast which already includes Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd.

The plot is set 40 years in the future on a rolling city of migrants and revolves around Skarsgard's barman character Leo Beiler who is unable to speak due to a childhood trauma but goes in search of a missing girl in mid-21st century Berlin.

Previously speaking his inspiration for the movie, Jones - the son the late David Bowie and Angie Bowie - revealed Sir Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi epic 'Blade Runner' had been a big reference point.

The 45-year-old filmmaker said: "We are going to be shooting in Berlin. During the 1970s, with so much of the city still to rebuild, a lot of futuristic architecture was put up. It goes very dark, and then it also goes very darkly funny. It's science-fiction urban, so it certainly owes some of its influence to 'Blade Runner'. But in a way, the references to 'Blade Runner' are more superficial ... Over the years I had some big, leaping ideas about what would make the film weirder and darker, So we future-fied it. It's a thriller with a very weird tone ... The two villains of the piece are what's kept me wanting to do it since day one. Those characters are unique. You have not seen a pair like this."

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