Austin Butler & Jodie Comer’s Romance Revs Up in “The Bikeriders” Trailer

One of the most sought-after tickets in town at the Telluride Film Festival was for writer/director Jeff Nichols’ (Loving, Midnight Special) latest film, The Bikeriders. The first trailer unleashes Nichols’ vision of a motorcycle club in the 1960s that functions as a large, unruly family, a criminal enterprise, and the cauldron from which dreams and nightmares are brewed.

The film is centered on Benny (Austin Butler), a member of the club the Vandals, being groomed, so to speak, to take over one day from the leader, Johnny (Tom Hardy). The only thing Benny might like more than riding is Kathy (Jodie Comer), who sweeps into his life and marries him five weeks later. Their relationship is the central engine of The Bikeriders, with plenty of action and danger swirling around them at all times as the Vandals’ ambitions grow and the scales of their crimes follow suit.

Eventually, Kathy wants Benny to quit riding with the Vandals as their activities become more violent and dangerous, but it’s the one thing Benny can’t seem to offer her.

Nichols wrote the script based on Danny Lyons’s 1968 book of the same name, which detailed the lives of the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club. Joining Butler, Comer, and Hardy are Michael Shannon, Mike Faist, Norman Reedus, and Boyd Holbrook.

Bikeriders hits theaters on December 1.

Here’s the official synopsis:

From writer-director Jeff Nichols (Loving, Midnight Special, Mud), 20th Century Studios and New Regency, The Bikeriders is a furious drama following the rise of a fictional 1960s Midwestern motorcycle club through the lives of its members, starring Jodie Comer (Killing Eve, The Last Duel), Austin Butler (Elvis) and Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant).

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Featured image: Austin Butler in “The Bikeriders.” Courtesy 20th Century Studios


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