Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon to star in 'Fahrenheit 451'

Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon to star in 'Fahrenheit 451'

Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon to star in 'Fahrenheit 451'

Given the flood of dystopian novels adapted for film, such as The Handmaid's Tale,The Hunger Games, The Giver, and Minority Report, Fahrenheit 451's absence is notable, given its literary stature.

TheWrap has learned HBO has cast Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon in its film adaptation of "Fahrenheit 451". "Montag (Jordan), a young fireman, forsakes his world, battles his mentor (Shannon), and struggles to regain his humanity". Shannon is Captain Beatty, Montag's mentor.

The movie has been in development at HBO for just over a year now and is set to be directed by Ramin Bahrani, who also writes along with Amir Naderi.

Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon to star in 'Fahrenheit 451'

Shannon - who was Oscar nominated for his role in Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals - has recently completed a number of films, including comedy Pottersville with Christina Hendricks and Ron Perlman, and Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water with Octavia Spencer. The story follows a fireman named Montag, who meets a teenage girl and decides to see what he's been missing in books. Jordan will serve as Executive Producer with his Outlier Productions.

"When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known". The project has yet to get a final commitment from HBO, though the trade says that it's moving in that direction. Since its release, Fahrenheit 451 has remained an enduring classic for its condemnation of censorship and the suppression of free thought.

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