It seems every year we get some sort of new young adult dystopian novel turned giant movie franchise. I for one love most of them that come out. Since I was a kid, dystopias have always intrigued me. The one that has stuck with me the most is a classic, Fahrenheit 451. Now I know that this technically isn't a "young" adult (he's 30 in the book) but we know in this day and age they want to cast people young. This movie really fits well with the generation now, and in creepy ways has predicted the outcome we live in.
So what makes this book from the 60's so important? The premise is of a world where books are banned completely. A group of "firemen" aka censors are tasked with the job of burning all printed materials. In this eerie world, everyone is glued to their screens and take part in live soap operas. Its so creepy how well Ray Bradbury predicted that we would all be buried in our screens. If you look at the youth these days, its hard to find a moment where they aren't on a computer or cell phone and I too fall prey to this.
This book is about the dangers of living in a digital world. A world where the government can easily manipulate its people just by changing their television program. If I were in charge of making movies, this would be at the top of my list. This book was adapted in 1966, the film was great for the time but I don't think it has aged well for the younger generation. If they were to make this again, they would have to age them all down and play up the love, with which there is plenty of in the novel.
Lets step into my imaginary casting booth:
Guy Montag- Sam Claflin
Sam Claflin plays Finnick in the Hunger Games movies and I think he could really pull of the role of Guy Montag. Guy is the lead character who slowly starts to fall in love with books and a girl named Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse exposes Guy to the world he has been blinded too. She begins to make him question, why he is firefighting.
Clarisse McClellan- Anna Kendrick
Clarisse in the book was a 17 year old hippie kid, in the movie adaption they changed her to a 20 year old teacher who gets fired for being unorthodox. I think Anna Kendrick would play this role great, and she would totally look good next to Sam Claflin.
Mildred "Millie" Montag- Ashley Greene
Millie is Guy's wife who is addicted to sleeping pills and television soap operas. I think having her actually be pretty, but played a little drugged out would be the perfect adaption. She kind of becomes a villain in a way to Guy's character as Clarisse becomes his beacon of hope. I believe Ashley Greene may just have the chops to play this misguided character.
Captain Beatty- Alan Dale
Alan Dale who played the evil Widmore in Lost would be the perfect casting choice for Captain Beatty. In Fahrenheit 451 he is the chief of Engine 451. He is there to remind Guy of the law and he makes sure he knows it. Though at one point he was an avid reader, he begins to hate them with every fiber of his being.
Edit: There is a little debate surrounding whether or not this should even be made into movie. Ray Bradbury approved the adaption made in the 60's and I for one don't see why he wouldn't have approved a new adaption. They have been developing a movie for more than a decade. It seems they don't want to rush something out. So time will tell what movie they will decide on making. This is an opinion piece and just what I would like to see in an adaption. Thanks for taking the time to read.