Michael B. Jordan
HBO has tapped Michael B. Jordan to star in its adaptation of author Ray Bradbury’s 1953 classic, "Fahrenheit 451," the network has announced.
Michael Shannon is also attached, playing what the network calls a key supporting role in the project which depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed, and "firemen" burn books. Montag (Jordan), a young fireman, forsakes his world, battles his mentor (Shannon), and struggles to regain his humanity.
Though the film is still in development, HBO has made a production commitment.
Filmmaker Ramin Bahrani ("99 Homes") will direct as well as co-write the adaptation along with Amir Naderi.
Jordan will also executive produce the project through his Outlier Productions.
The novel has been adapted several times over the years, most notably Francois Truffaut's 1966 film.