Michael B. Jordan is set to star in HBO’s upcoming adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451. The film, which shares the novel’s name, will be HBO’s next high profile movie, following Oprah Winfrey’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Fahrenheit 451 will star Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Friday Night Lights) as the main character Montag, alongside Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel) as his character’s mentor Beatty.
According to The Hollywood Reporter , the drama telepic is based on the 1953 novel by Bradbury, depicting a dystopian future “where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and ‘firemen’ burn books and revolves around Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor and struggles to regain his humanity.”
Last year, Jordan announced his production company Outlier Productions and inked a multiyear film/TV production deal with Skydance Media. The 30-year-old actor has made it clear that career-wise, he is interested in stepping behind the camera just as much as he wants to be in front of it. This project will be his first official step in taking on an executive producer role on a film through that production company. Although the project is outside of the deal he signed with Skydance Media, he does have a TV project with the company currently in development.
HBO Films is currently the place to be when it comes to critically acclaimed cable films. After receiving success this awards season for its Confirmation and All the Way projects, the network is gearing to debut the highly anticipated The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks this Sunday (April 23). With that and the announcement of Jordan’s Fahrenheit 451, the awards and acclaim are bound to come pouring in next awards season.
In the past, Jordan has received much praise and even a few nominations for his performance in Fruitvale Station, in the retelling of the real life events of the murder of Oscar Grant. He also saw great success in his portrayal of Adonis Johnson in the 2015 Ryan Coogler-directed Rocky spin-off Creed. Jordan is currently filming Black Panther, which is set to release next year. Production on Fahrenheit 451 will begin soon.
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