Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon to Star in “Fahrenheit 451” Movie in the Works at HBO


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After tackling the respective comic book movies Fantastic Four and Man of Steel, and have signed on to star in a feature adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel that is in at HBO, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

(99 Homes) is directing from a script he co-wrote with , and he’s also executive producing under his banner.

Originally published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a future where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found, though intellectual curiosity gets the better of the protagonist, who begins stashing books away to see if he can learn anything from them.

In addition to executive producing the project, Jordan will play the young fireman Montag, while Shannon will play Captain Beatty, his boss and mentor.

is producing the film, which is also being executive produced by and , as well as of .

Fahrenheit 451 is still in early , but it would be surprising if HBO opted not to move forward with the project after securing big-name like Jordan and Shannon.

HBO’s newest original film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will debut on the network this weekend.

Jordan is represented by  and , while Shannon is repped by and .

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