Fahrenheit 451: A Modern Take On A Literary Classic

Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed) and Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Boardwalk Empire, Oscar® nominee for Nocturnal Animals and Revolutionary Road) star in HBO Films’ Fahrenheit 451. Directed and co-written by Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) the film 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 (The Mummy, Kingsman: The Secret Service) stars as Clarisse, an informant caught between the competing interests of Montag and Beatty.


The cast also includes Lilly Singh (Bad Moms) 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.

To coincide with the release of the HBO film, Harper Collins will re-issue the dystopian classic which was originally published in 1953.

Fahrenheit 451 can be streamed from Monday May 28 through Foxtel On Demand on internet-connected iQ set-top-boxes and on streaming service Foxtel Now. It will also screen at 9:35pm AEST on Foxtel’s showcase.


Foxtel’s showcase has long been Australia’s ‘Home of HBO’ featuring must-see programming including Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Deuce, Divorce, Veep, Ballers and Big Little Lies. showcase is also the exclusive home to Foxtel’s own award-winning original dramas, including Wentworth, A Place to Call Home, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Top of the Lake: China Girl, The Kettering Incident and Secret City, which continue to break new ground and win local and international praise.