HBO released a trailer today for Fahrenheit 451, a film adaption of Ray Bradbury’s pivotal science-fiction novel. The film stars Michael B. Jordan as the protagonist/lover of fire Guy Montag, and Michael Shannon as the stern Captain Beatty.
Now, as hilarious as it is that Michael B. Jordan, the human torch, is playing our protagonist, this trailer shows a lot of promise. Not only are Jordan and Shannon talented actors, but the vision for Bradbury’s dystopian feels tangible and realistic. The world looks much like our own – not too futuristic or fancy – but with a healthy dose of charred literature to go with it.
Michael Shannon will be fine as Captain Beatty I’m sure, though I’m certain many of you have grown just as tired as I have of seeing him always play an intense villain character. But, Ramin Bahrani, the director of Chop Shop and 99 Homes is guiding the film, and I’m sure he’ll faithfully capture the tone and themes from the book that Bradbury penned over 60 years ago.
Fahrenheit 451 premieres in May on HBO.