The first teaser trailer for HBO Film’s upcoming adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s classic novel ‘Fahrenheit 451’ is here! Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani (‘99 Homes’), with co-writer Amir Naderi, the TV movie stars Michael B. Jordan as protagonist Guy Montag alongside Michael Shannon as his boss, Captain Beatty. Neither actor is front and center in this first teaser trailer, but the content of the video doesn’t really call for them. The trailer features the burning of classics of literature like ‘Crime and Punishment,’ ‘Lolita,’ ‘The Catcher in the Rye,’ ‘Homer,’ and ‘Huckleberry Finn,’ and is plenty of material to keep fans interested.
The last time the novel was adapted, it was for the big screen in François Truffaut‘s 1966 film starring Oskar Werner and Cyril Cusack. After more than 50 years, it’s time for a refresher on this cautionary tale, and Bradbury’s 1953 story should definitely resonate with modern audiences.
‘Fahrenheit 451’ takes place in a dystopian reality set in a future America where books have been outlawed, and it’s the job of “firemen” to burn any books they discover. The story is told through the eyes of firefighter Jordan’s character, Montag. In the film Montag is not only responsible for burning books, but also shutting down the people resisting the anti-knowledge government by uploading books to the Internet. Bahrani thought up this new take on the futuristic society by imagining that “it wouldn’t be very hard to start to manipulate and control what is on the Internet if things got more centralized.” He said:
“It’s not just books. Culture is in the process of being eroded in the film.”
Also starring Sofia Boutella, Laura Harrier, Keir Dullea, Martin Donovan, Grace Lynn Kung, and Jane Moffatt, ‘Fahrenheit 451’ arrives on HBO soon.
Check out the teaser trailer, and some stills from HBO’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ below: