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Fahrenheit 451 (HBO 2018, Michael B. Jordan, Martin Donovan)

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Directed and co-written by Ramin Bahrani, Fahrenheit 451 is based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel of the same name, depicting a future where the media is an opiate, history is rewritten and ‘firemen’ burn books.

Jordan portrays Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world and struggles to regain his humanity as he battles his mentor, fire captain Beatty, played by Shannon. Sofia Boutella stars as Clarisse, an informant caught between the competing interests of Montag and Beatty.

The cast also includes Lilly Singh as Raven, a tabloid reporter who works with the fire department to spread the ministry’s propaganda by broadcasting its book-burning raids to fans.

‘I have always loved Ray Bradbury’s prophetic novel Fahrenheit 451,’ says Bahrani. ‘Two years ago, as I looked at the world around me, it seemed like the ideal time to do a modern interpretation. I am grateful to HBO for helping me bring my vision of the film to audiences with this incredible cast.’

production details
USA | HBO | 100 minutes | 2018

Novel: Ray Bradbury
Script:Amir Naderi, Ramin Bahrani
Director: Ramin Bahrani

cast
Martin Donovan as Commissioner Nyari
Michael Shannon as Captain Beatty
Jane Moffat as Sam Shepard
Daniel Zolghadri as Clifford
David Tompa as Angry Eel
Keir Dullea as Historian
Saad Siddiqui as Fireman Stone
Mayko Nguyen as Newscaster
Michael B. Jordan as Guy Montag
Sofia Boutella as Clarisse McClellan
Lilly Singh as Raven
Andy McQueen as Gustavo
Grace Lynn Kung as Chairman Mao
Joe Pingue as Wayne Anderson
Dylan Taylor as Fireman Douglas
Joanne Boland as Clarisse’s Neighbor
Drew Nelson as Bartender
Raoul Bhaneja as Bobby Gosh
Scott Edgecombe as Singing Fireman
Lynne Griffin as Old Woman / Grapes of Wrath
Tim Post as Protesting Eel
Daniel Alfredo Ojeda as Angry Eel (uncredited)
Michelle Roy as Eel
Marissa Kate Wilson as Neighbour #5
Chris Gleason as Baseball Fan
Joe Vercillo as Firefighter
Jake Teel as Singing firemen #6
Cindy Katz as Yuxie
Katherine Cullen as Girl Eel
Edsson Morales as Guy Eel

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