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Sofia Boutella, who will soon be seen as the titular character in The Mummy, has landed another high-profile project: HBO Films’ upcoming movie Fahrenheit 451.
Boutella is playing the female lead, while Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon are also starring in the adaptation of the Ray Bradbury classic.
Bradbury’s 1953 novel is set in a futuristic America where books are outlawed and those that are discovered are burned by “firemen.” Jordan will play Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor and struggles to regain his humanity. Shannon will portray Beatty, Montag’s captain and mentor.
Boutella will play Clarisse, an informant caught between the competing interests of Montag and Beatty.
The award-winning book has been adapted multiple times, including a 1966 film by Francois Truffaut and a 1982 Radio BBC version.
Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi (99 Homes) co-wrote HBO’s new take, and Bahrani will also direct the telepic.
Jordan will executive produce via his Outlier Productions. Sarah Green will serve in the same capacity via her Brace Cove Productions. Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen will also exec produce, with David Coatsworth set to produce.
Boutella, a former dancer who toured with Madonna and worked with Nike, had a breakout role in Kingsman: The Secret Service opposite Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson and later starred in Star Trek Beyond. She is starring opposite Tom Cruise in Universal’s The Mummy, which launches the studio’s monster-focused dark universe and opens Friday in theaters. The actress also has Atomic Blonde with Charlize Theron due out July 28, and will star opposite Jodie Foster in Hotel Artemis, which will soon go into production. Boutella is repped by CAA, 42 in the UK and Felker Toczek.
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