HBO has found its leading actors for the telemovie adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s classic novel Fahrenheit 451.
The telepic will star two-time Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Nocturnal Animals), as well as Michael B. Jordan, who is best known for his roles in the critically acclaimed television dramas The Wire and Friday Night Lights.
The renowned 1953 dystopian novel is set in an oppressive future where one ‘fireman’, whose duty it is to destroy the source of all discord and unhappiness, begins to question and rebel against his task.
Guy Montag (Jordan) is a fireman, whose job is to burn books. But despite burning ‘the source of all discord’, Montag remains unhappy. The Fireman decides to forsake his world by accumulating a stash of books. As a result, he finds himself battling his mentor fire chief Beatty (Shannon), and at risk of a deadly confrontation by The Mechanical Hound.
Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) is set to direct HBO’s adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 from a script he co-wrote with Amir Naderi. In addition to starring in the telemovie, Jordan will be onboard to executive produce the project, alongside Naderi who will executive produce under his Noruz Films banner.
Fahrenheit 451 was originally adapted into a film in 1966. The François Truffaut directed feature, starred Oskar Werner and Cyril Cusack.