'Fahrenheit 451' Starring Michael B Jordan, Michael Shannon Debuts a Teaser Trailer


HBO has debuted the first teaser trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451.

Jordan ("Black Panther", "The Wire") and Michael Shannon ("Man of Steel", "Boardwalk Empire") star in the new version of Bradbury's 1953 novel about a future where books are outlawed.

The film stars Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan and Sofia Boutella.

One critic wanted to know how he decided which books to burn in those sequences, and if he picked books that meant a lot to him, entirely missing the point of the novel and of Bahrani. Real books were burned in order to find the correctly scary tone for the sci-fi dystopia, which was tough for the cast and crew of heavy readers. Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) and Amir Naderi (Vegas: Based on a True Story) adapted Ray Bradbury's bestselling novel for the screen, with Bahrani directing and executive producing. Jordan leads the film as Montag, "a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor and struggles to regain his humanity".

Fiery first look at HBO's Fahrenheit 451 adaptation starring Michael B. Jordan
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"Knowledge is unsafe. Every book is like a loaded gun", a quick clip of the show professes. "And I don't want us to forget what Bradbury said: We asked for this". "I am grateful to HBO for helping me bring my vision of the film to audiences with this incredible cast". Bahrani conceptualized 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". "The speed at which [technology] is advancing, perhaps exponentially - I am concerned, are we going to be able to get ahead of the dam?" To Bahrani's mind, those concerns have actualized with the rise of social media and wikis and peoples' inclinations to just read headlines instead of full articles.

Fahrenheit 451 doesn't have an official release date yet, but it's said to be dropping sometime in the USA spring, which should be around April or May.

"We are not born equal, we must be made equal by the fire, and then we can be happy", Beatty says in one scene.

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