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HBO has offered a haunting first glimpse of its film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s best-selling 1953 dystopian tale, Fahrenheit 451, which depicts a time period where history is outlawed and “firemen” burn books.
In the Ramin Bahrani-directed film, Michael B. Jordan stars as Guy Montag, a fireman who comes to question his role in enforcing the state’s censorship laws, and in so doing finds himself at odds with his “mentor,” Beatty (Michael Shannon).
“By the time you guys grow up, there won’t be one book left,” Jordan is shown telling a group of students.
Throughout the trailer, a reel of destruction is shown as Beatty’s voiceover warns that “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”
“We are not born equal, so we must be made equal by the fire,” Beatty explains.
Jordan will also serve as the film’s executive producer. Sofia Boutella, Martin Donovan, Keir Dullea, Jane Moffat and Grace Lynn Kung also star.
Fahrenheit 451 will premiere in May on HBO.
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