HBO has released the first full-length trailer for the long awaited Fahrenheit 451 remake featuring Michael B. Jordan as Guy Montag, a man who is starting to question is job. This adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s iconic novel has been in the development since 2016, and we’ve previously seen small teases since then, but this is the first real look at what we’re in for when the movie debuts at the end of May on HBO. The new Fahrenheit 451 trailer is the best look at the plot so far, as well as the feel and tone of the story, which fall in line with the classic tale.
The previous teaser trailer for Fahrenheit 451 told us that books are evil, and they need to all be burned. The new trailer sheds some light on why they have to be burned in this dystopian landscape, which leads Michael B. Jordan’s Guy Montag to question the reasoning behind all of the burning. He asks aloud if it’s true that fireman used to put out fires as opposed to setting them. An A.I. voice replies that it’s a myth and indicates that Montag might not be feeling okay.
Guy begins to question what’s going on around him more and more until the end of the Fahrenheit 451 trailer, where he’s clearly on the run. Michael Shannon plays Captain Beatty and Michael B. Jordan’s Montag is seen asking him, “why do we burn?” This is question that will be answered more in-depth in the movie, like the book, but Beatty alludes to making everybody equal again, which as one can tell, isn’t really the case at all. Beatty says, “We are not born equal. We must be made equal by the fire…and then we can be happy.” Montag isn’t satisfied by the answer and he can be seen reading later in the trailer, looking for his own answers.
Anyone who his familiar with Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 knows that Guy Montag’s quest doesn’t end with just wanting to read more books. Montag meets Clarisse, who urges Montag to go even further into his rebellion, risking his life. Bradbury’s book is already pretty grim and dark, but Michael Shannon has promised that the HBO movie will be a “modernized, gritty take” on the Fahrenheit 451 story. The movie is coming at the perfect time since some of the stuff that Ray Bradbury predicted in 1953 has started to come true.
Reading is fundamental, but not in the dystopian world of Fahrenheit 451 where knowledge is dangerous. The movie will finally air May 19th on HBO after a few years of development. The story tackles censorship and has ironically been banned by schools from administration who did not understand what the book was about. Another main theme of Fahrenheit 451 is about the dangers of an illiterate society infatuated with mass media and the threat of minority and special interest groups to books, which remains just as true today, if not more, than it did when it was first written. You can check out the first full-length trailer for Fahrenheit 451 below, courtesy of the HBO YouTube channel.