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The story takes place in a futuristic world where the media is everyone’s sedative of choice, history and memoir are outlawed concepts, and books are burned en masse by firemen. Jordan plays Guy Montag, a fireman who starts secretly reading books on the side, causing a rift between himself and his mentor (Shannon). Sofia Boutella and YouTuber Lilly Singh also co-star.
Director Ramin Bahrani recently revealed that while Bradbury set the novel in “the distant future,” he decided to set this updated movie version in “alternate tomorrow, right here right now.” He says the choice made sense for 2018 since the story’s themes are especially relevant in a cultural landscape where “most people only read headlines.”
The movie hits HBO sometime this spring, but no official release date has been announced.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.