In Bradbury’s dystopian tale, media is an opiate, history is outlawed and “firemen” burn books, which catch fire at the titular temperature. Friday Night Lights vet Jordan will play the young fireman Montag, who begins to question his profession and battles his mentor Beatty (Boardwalk Empire alum Shannon) while struggling to regain his humanity.
Fahrenheit 451 was previously adapted into a 1966 film starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie.
The HBO project reunites Shannon with Fahrenheit 451 scribes Amir Naderi and Ramin Bahrani, who wrote the 2014 feature 99 Homes, in which the actor starred. Bahrani is also set to direct the movie.
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