Jordan ("Black Panther", "The Wire") and Michael Shannon ("Man of Steel", "Boardwalk Empire") star in the new version of Bradbury's 1953 novel about a future where books are outlawed.
Along with Jordan, the film will star Michael Shannon as its antagonist (naturally), Sofia Boutella, and YouTuber Lilly Singh.
Like the spike in 1984 book sales following the election and the popularity of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, this new adaptation (legendary French director François Truffaut directed the first, in 1966) appears to be another artful response to the culture's desire for more stories of dissent under what has become an increasingly authoritarian-leaning administration.
Bahrani, who co-wrote the telepic alongside Amir Naderi and reteams with Shannon after he starred in their feature 99 Homes, confessed that he told his agent at one point that he should call HBO and refund the network's money because he felt that he couldn't finish the script. Jordan is set to play Guy Montag, a fireman who is content with his life until he meets a spirited woman named Clarisse, set to be played by Kingsman actress Sofie Boutella. "I tried to stay true to the themes, even if I changed certain characters and plotlines". "And I don't want us to forget what Bradbury said: We asked for this".
"Knowledge is risky. Every book is like a loaded gun", a quick clip of the show professes. How do you take Bradbury's themes - some were so prophetic - it wouldn't be hard to start to manipulate and control what's happening on the internet.
"We're all guilty of just reading the headlines", the director concluded.
HBO's film "Fahrenheit 451" takes place in an "alternate tomorrow", Bahrani said, because numerous technologies Bradbury imagined are "right here, right now".
"Will we actually get ahead of the dam, or will it just be a flood and up to some other generation to bring back all of Bradbury's heroes?"