Lilly Singh’s success on YouTube has allowed her to become a multi-platform star, and she has now landed her most notable acting role to date. Singh, who makes YouTube videos on her iiSuperwomanii channel, has been cast in an upcoming film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451.
The film, which is being produced by HBO, will retell Bradbury’s tale of a dystopian world in which book burning and censorship have become commonplace. Singh’s character, who does not appear in the original text, will be a vlogger who serves as a propaganda peddler by offering live streams of book burnings. That description tells us that HBO’s adaptation will take place in the modern day (or, perhaps, the future) and that Singh won’t have to stray too far outside of her comfort zone to inhabit the character for which she has been cast.
Singh previously expanded into long-form programming by starring in A Trip To Unicorn Island, a documentary about one of her world tours. Her partner network, Studio71, also announced its plan to create “longer-format and more highly produced content” alongside her during its most recent Newfronts presentation.
Beyond Singh, the Fahrenheit 451 cast will also include Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. A specific release date for the film has not yet been shared.