Later this month Showcase airs the HBO adaptation of the classic novel Fahrenheit 451.
Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed) and Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Boardwalk Empire, Oscar® nominee for Nocturnal Animals and Revolutionary Road) star in HBO Films’ Fahrenheit 451. Directed and co-written by Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) the film is based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel of the same name, depicting a future where the media is an opiate, history is rewritten and “firemen” burn books.
Jordan portrays Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world and struggles to regain his humanity as he battles his mentor, fire captain Beatty, played by Shannon. Sofia Boutella (The Mummy, Kingsman: The Secret Service) stars as Clarisse, an informant caught between the competing interests of Montag and Beatty.
The cast also includes Lilly Singh (Bad Moms) as Raven, a tabloid reporter who works with the fire department to spread the ministry’s propaganda by broadcasting its book-burning raids to fans.
“I have always loved Ray Bradbury’s prophetic novel Fahrenheit 451,” says Bahrani. “Two years ago, as I looked at the world around me, it seemed like the ideal time to do a modern interpretation. I am grateful to HBO for helping me bring my vision of the film to audiences with this incredible cast.
To coincide with the HBO release, HarperCollins will re-issue the dystopian classic which was originally published in 1953, with a special cover to celebrate the movie.
Fahrenheit 451 can be streamed from Monday May 28 through Foxtel On Demand on internet-connected iQ set-top-boxes and on streaming service Foxtel Now. It will also screen at 9:30pm AEST on Foxtel’s showcase.