Sofia Boutella (The Mummy) is set to appear in HBO's adaptation of Fahrenheit 451. The network's high-profile production looks to adapt Ray Bradbury's classic novel and the actress is confirmed to play a leading role in the new live-action version of the story.
Boutella has already been in a number of very significant roles in big budget movies over the past two years. She was the deadly assassin Gazelle in Kingsman: The Secret Service, fitted with prosthetic legs that could slice a man in two. The actress also played the feisty alien Jaylah, who aided Kirk and the crew in Star Trek Beyond. And in 2017, she will be seen in a few short days as the title character of Princess Ahmanet in The Mummy, quickly followed by her role as Delphine working alongside Charlize Theron's butt-kicking spy in the much anticipated action-thriller Atomic Blonde. It's an impressive filmography for the Algerian actress and model.
Following all of that though, Variety has reported that Boutella is set to join Michael B. Jordan (Creed) and Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) in HBO’s film adaptation of the novel Fahrenheit 451. Jordan's casting in the production had already been announced in April, and he also acts as an executive producer on the project. The story will be based on the influential dystopian novel by legendary sci-fi writer Bradbury, which was originally printed in 1953. It tells of a future society where books are outlawed and "firemen" instantly burn those that are found and punish those that hide them. The title actually refers to the temperature at which paper catches fire, and burns.
Jordan will be playing the lead role of Montag, a young fireman who questions his place in the world, and struggles to do the right thing whilst staying alive. Shannon will play Beatty, his mentor but also possibly a dangerous enemy. Boutella is said to be playing Clarisse, an informant caught between the feud that builds up between Montag and Beatty.
There has been a previous film version of the book, with an adaptation that was written and directed by the French director François Truffaut, which starred Julie Christie and was released in 1966. Mel Gibson even held rights to the property for a while, before abandoning plans to direct another movie. For this HBO adaptation however, respected American director and screenwriter Ramin Bahrani will be behind the camera.
The novel contains intriguing themes regarding the power of censorship, and with the current interest in shows like The Handmaid's Tale, dystopia has never been more "popular" in drama. With Boutella, Jordan, and Shannon involved, we look forward to seeing the results. There's no news yet on a screening date for Fahrenheit 451 , but Screen Rant will keep you updated with any further news.