Fahrenheit 451's second trailer hints at an ideological conflict sparked in its leading man.
Fahrenheit 451 pits Michael B. Jordan against Michael Shannon in a world where books are a taboo. Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes), uniting with Shannon, directs this new adaptation from Ray Bradbury's seminal dystopian novel. Jordan's fame as Black Panther's Killmonger, one of the best MCU villains to date, is surely carried into his leading role.
Check out the second trailer here:
Fahrenheit 451 envisions a dismal future when physical books are banned and burned by "firemen." One of them is Guy Montag (Jordan), who is intrigued by the intellectual and self-exploring significance behind the book cover. He thus questions his job while engaging in understated hostility with his boss Beatty (Shannon). After half a century, the book is more relevant than ever, with the advance of brain-washing entertainment and declined intellectual value.
The book was first adapted by French New Wave director Francois Truffaut in 1966, but his visualized version of the dystopia is different from Bahrani's vision. Now the future world is both darker and shinier. Skyscrapers loom over the population, holograms are pervasive on the streets, and mind-altering chemicals are a must. The production design of this cityscape follows the tech-noir trend of Blade Runner 2049 and Netflix's Altered Carbon, and the narrative has riffs of George Lucas' THX 1138 and Yevgeny Zamyatin's early novel We.
This trailer features more scenes of Clarisse (Sofia Boutela, The Mummy). As readers of the book know, she plays a pivotal role in changing Montag's mindset from an obedient fireman ("By the time you guys grow up, there won’t be one book left.") to a curious bookworm ("I want to know why we burn?"). Montag is also seen reading books (and even prompted by Beatty to read Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis.)
HBO is the next network to churn out an adaption of a book about the dystopian futures after the successes of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and Amazon's The Man in the High Castle. Let's see if this gritty take can hold up with its source material, Truffaut's film, and our current reality.
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