HBO's Fahrenheit 451 casting heats up as The Mummy's Sofia Boutella boards

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Jun 6, 2017

If you were already fired up for HBO's upcoming movie adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451, then prepare to throw a couple more books on the barbie, cause this cast is starting to cook.

Just ahead of her titular turn in this weekend's The Mummy, Sofia Boutella has signed on to join Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Creed, Fantastic Four) and Michael Shannon (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 99 Homes) as the core players in the film from writer/director Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes).

According to THR, Boutella will play the female lead Clarisse, "an informant caught between" Jordan's Montag -- a fireman whose job it is to burn books, but who ends up rebelling against such a scorching notion after meeting free-spirited Clarisse -- and Shannon's Fire Chief Beatty, Montag's mentor.

In François Truffaut's 1966 version, Julie Christie plays the part of Clarisse, while at the same time playing Montag's wife, Linda. But no word yet if Boutella is signed on for double duty.

Boutella is riding a hot streak that started with Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond (or even before that as a dancer touring with Madonna). She's set to team up with Charlize Theron in this summer's Atomic Blonde and begins production soon with Jodie Foster on Hotel Artemis.