HBO‘s vision of the totalitarian future from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is inching ever nearer as the TV network released the first trailer today.
Directed by Ramin Bahrani from a script by Bahrani and Amir Naderi, the film stars Michael B Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Michael Shannon (Man of Steel), Sofia Boutella (The Mummy) and Lilly Singh (Bad Moms).
Fahrenheit 451 (the temperature at which paper ignites) depicts a controlled, repressed future where “firemen” have a horrific new responsibility: burning all books as a way of suppressing free thought and free will. Montag (Jordan) is a young fireman who wakes-up one day to the realization that everything he thought he knew was wrong, forsaking his “safe world” and putting him into direct conflict with his fire captain and mentor Beatty (Shannon). With the “help” of Clarisse (Boutella), a mysterious informant, Montag struggles to get back his humanity as the world ignites around him.
The only previous attempt to bring Bradbury’s classic to the silver was the critically acclaimed 1966 movie of the same name directed by François Truffaut and starring Oskar Werner, Julie Christie and Cyril Cusack.
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