Spider-Man: Homecoming's Laura Harrier has signed on to HBO's Fahrenheit 451 adaptation. She joins a previously announced cast of Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, Soufia Boutella, and Lily Singh in the upcoming TV movie, a modern retelling of Ray Bradbury's iconic 1953 novel.
According to an earlier description, the project is set amidst a dystopian future in which "media is an opiate, history is outlawed, and firemen burn books." Jordan stars as Montag, a young man who forsakes his world, battles his mentor, Beatty (Shannon), and struggles to regain his humanity. Ramin Bahrani is directing and co-writing alongside 99 Homes collaborator Amir Naderi.
As reported by Deadline, Harrier will play Montog's wife, Millie, whose obsession with social media leads to a disconnected marriage. It's a good get for the actress, who, until landing Spider-Man, was a newcomer to the industry. She'd nabbed a recurring part as Destiny Evans on ABC soap One Life To Live, plus small turns in Richard LaGravenese's The Last Five Years (2014) and Andrew Nackman's 4th Man Out (2016), but Spider-Man is by and large her biggest role. She portrays Peter Parker's love interest and classmate, Liz Allan.
The movie marks her major film debut, and if the rave reviews are any indication, it will prove a breakout role for the budding actress. Fahrenheit won't be nearly as big a blockbuster, but with an accomplished team and a prestige network, it's certainly an apt film to keep up her momentum. (She was also previously cast in Steve McQueen’s pilot for HBO, Codes of Conduct, though it's unclear where that project stands, as it's reportedly since been scrapped.)
TV movies aren't generally a big ticket, but HBO has proved itself a leading provider for expansive, boundary-pushing content, and Fahrenheit 451 should be no different. It's worth noting that the book has been adapted in the past, from Francois Truffaut’s 1966 film to a 1979 stage version, but HBO will undoubtedly lend it a fresh spin. And Jordan, though more established than Harrier, is a rising star himself, having nabbed parts in buzzy projects like Creed and Black Panther only in recent years. His involvement will surely be an added draw, as will Bahrani and Naderi's stellar track record: 99 Homes, in which Shannon also appeared, was widely acclaimed. All in all, it seems like Harrier is well on her way to a thriving career, and Fahrenheit 451 is shaping up to be an anticipated watch.
A premiere date for Fahrenheit 451 has not yet been announced.
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