20th Century Studios has released the trailer for Jeff Nichols’ upcoming motorcycle gang drama The Bikeriders, starring Austin Butler, Jodie Comer and Tom Hardy. The film opened the Telluride Film Festival on August 31st to critical acclaim. The theatrical release is planned for December 1st.
Based on Danny Lyon’s 1968 book of black and white photographs, The Bikeriders follows a fictional Midwestern Chicago biker gang in 1965 called The Vandals. Austin Butler plays Benny, a quiet, spirited young man who, like older gang member and founder Johnny (Hardy), is unconditionally devoted to the club. Jodie Comer plays Kathy, Benny’s wife, who fell in love with him at an early age and is dealing with the fallout from Benny’s involvement in the group. The trailer reveals that the gang eventually becomes involved in criminal activity and shows the violence that ensued.
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The trailer also reveals that Mike Faist (“West Side Story,” “Dear Evan Hansen”) plays a fictionalized version of Lyon, the photographer who photographed the real-life 1960s bikers who inspired the characters in the film. In a meta nod to Lyon’s work chronicling the lives of bikers, Faist is shown interviewing Kathy about their relationship and the gang. The innocent Kathy allows “Killing Eve” star Comer to show a whole new side of herself, complete with a unique Midwest accent.
Michael Shannon, Boyd Holbrook, Damon Herriman, Beau Knapp, Emory Cohen and Karl Glusman also star.
Nichols is the director of Loving, Midnight Special and Mud and has experience working on period films and filming on Midwestern locations. He also wrote the screenplay.
Bikeriders is produced by Regency Enterprises, New Regency Productions, Tri-State Pictures and 20th Century Studios.
Check out the trailer below.
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