The first look at HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 adaptation is here — and it’s as fiery as you’d expect.
In a photo posted to star Michael B. Jordan’s Instagram, the Black Panther actor holds a gun spewing flames as costar Michael Shannon stoically looks on.
Based on Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel of the same name, Fahrenheit 451 will depict “a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed, and ‘firemen’ burn books.” According to a previous release, Jordan plays Montag, a young fireman, who “forsakes his world” and “battles his mentor,” played by Shannon, all while struggling to regain some sense of humanity.
The story has been adapted multiple times before, most notably in 1966 with François Truffaut’s film starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie. 99 Homes‘ Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi will write the script, with Bahrani also directing.
Along with starring in the upcoming Black Panther — EW’s most recent cover subject — Jordan is also known for critically acclaimed performances in films including Creed and Fruitvale Station. Oscar-nominated actor Shannon most recently starred in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals last year and will next be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water.
Fahrenheit 451 does not yet have a premiere date.