HBO Announces Fahrenheit 451 Cast
HBO just announced the cast for their remake of the book-turned-movie Fahrenheit 451. In the list of crazy talented individuals are Sofia Boutella, Michael B. Jordan and, Youtuber Lilly Singh. Fahrenheit 451, written byRay Bradbury, was published in 1953 and is highly regarded as one of his best works. The novel is set in a dystopian time where books are outlawed and so-called “firemen” burn any that are found. Providing a little insight to the title of the book, and soon-to-be HBO film, 451 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature at which paper begins to burn, thus making sense of the book-burning concept. The film will center on Michael B. Bradbury, who will play Guy Montag, a fireman who questions his job in the totalitarian society after he meets a woman and the rebels who dedicate their alliance to memorizing books and stories before they are burned. While 451 Fahrenheitbrings new meaning to a paperless society, the casting of the HBO film brings a fresh perspective to the table.By enlisting a cast largely made up of minorities, HBO is trying to bring an end to whitewashing the television and film industries.
Michael B. Jordan, who is known for his work in Fantastic Four,Chronicle, and the television sitcom Parenthood, is the right choice for Montag because of his serious, but silly, nature and his ability to make any character more in-depth. It is important he was chosen to lead the cast, because it shows that African Americans are capable of being leading men and women and can overcome anything the industry throws their way. On a different note, the choice the HBO network made in casting a digital star, Singh, as Raven should help pull ratings from all demographics as she has fans all over the globe.
Similarly, Boutella also has fans that range from young to old and the two ladies together should pull in many viewers the HBO network would not have had otherwise. While the cast was just announced and the movie is in pre-production, according to IMDB.com, there are high hopes for the updated Fahrenheit 451 movie.
Article by Tess Hanson