A few months back, HBO Films announced they were adapting Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 with Michael B. Jordan and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon as the leads. Now three more have joined them in supporting roles — veteran character actor Martin Donovan (Ant-Man), Andy McQueen (The Girlfriend Experience) and Grace Lynn Kung (Miss Sloane).
Jordan will play a young fireman named Montag in the sci-fi thriller about a future where history is outlawed and books are burned by the “firemen,” but Jordan’s character decides to turn his back on his role by battling his mentor in hopes to regain his humanity.
The film will be co-written and directed by acclaimed indie filmmaker Rahmin Bahrani, whose 2015 film 99 Homes earned Shannon a Golden Globe nomination. He will also executive produce the film along with his co-writer Amir Naderi, Sarah Green from Brace Cove Productions, Jordan’s Outlier Productions, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen. David Coatsworth will produce the film.
A well-recognized actor who has appeared in hundreds of films and television shows, Donovan will play Commissioner Nyari, a leader in the ministry that has set the mandate to burn books, while McQueen and Kung plays Gustav and Chairman Mao, two members of the resistance. Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) and Lilly Singh had been previously announced as part of the cast.
Repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Gary Goddard Agency, Donovan’s past films include Heaven, Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, PT Anderson’s Inherent Vice and the Marvel Studios film Ant-Man. He also had a recurring role on the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Kung, also repped by Gary Goddard Agency with Sainou, has the upcoming mini-series Rising Suns in production, but also played Annie Chung on Mary Kills People and appeared on ABC’s Designated Survivor. She also had a supporting role opposite Jessica Chastain in last year’s Miss Sloane.
Besides appearing in a couple episodes of The Girlfriend Experience, McQueen, repped by the Characters Talent Agency, also appeared in Jack Ryan and People of Earth.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor