Austin Butler Leads Jeff Nichols’ Next Film, The Bikeriders

Jeff Nichols continues to bolster the cast of his next film, The Bikeriders. According to reports from Deadline, Austin Butler (Elvis), Tom Hardy (Inception), and Jodie Comer (The Last Duel) are set to star in the film following the rise of a fictional, Midwestern motorcycle club in the 1960s. The story is inspired by the photography of the 1967 book, The Bikeriders.

Deadline says the story and motorcycle club will be seen through the lives of its members as it evolves over the course of a decade from a gathering place for local outsiders into a more sinister gang, threatening the original group’s unique way of life. Nichols is responsible for several successful films, including Take Shelter, Mud, and Midnight Special. His directorial debut was Shotgun Stories in 2007, which received praise for depicting the conflict between two brothers, and accepted several smaller awards during its release.

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The cast have all been busy as of late, with Butler coming off of Elvis with Tom Hanks, the summer blockbuster which has garnered $236 million at the box office. He will star as Feyd-Rautha in Dune: Part Two opposite Timothee Chalamet when the film releases next year, Nov. 17, 2023. In addition, Jodie Comer appeared in Prima Facie, a play from National Theater Live that will soon begin its Broadway run. Finally, Tom Hardy starred in Venom: Let There Be Carnage in 2021, the sequel to the 2018 movie, Venom. He’s also continued his role in Peaky Blinders as Alfie Solomons, which just concluded its sixth and final season.

Seeing the trio as members of a motorcycle club in The Bikeriders should be something new and a lot of fun. The release date for the film is still up in the air, but with casting only just occurring, don’t expect to see the Jeff Nichols movie anytime soon.

Nichols Has Dreamt of Making a Biker Movie for Years

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The Bikeriders has been a dream of director Jeff Nichols for quite some time, and he finally gets to make the film a reality with a completed script and three A-list stars signed on for roles. During a 2018 interview with SlashFilm, the filmmaker expressed his interest in the film and how it’s long overdue for Nichols.

“There’s no script for it, but I’m still… It’s really funny, I’m still emailing with the author of the book that inspired it, and I still think about it all the time. In fact, I mentioned it in a bar in Memphis when we were shooting this [short film], and Mike was sitting next to me, and he was like, ‘You’ve been talking about that damn idea for so long. You’re never gonna make that s***.” I’m like, “No, I am. It’s a great idea.”

His idea has finally come to fruition, and although it may be a while until audiences can feast their eyes on The Bikeriders, Nichols has to be satisfied that he is finally working on his vision.