A week following the world premiere of Jeff Nichols’ The Bikeriders at Telluride, the film’s first trailer has dropped. Starring Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, Tom Hardy, and Nichols favorite Michael Shannon, the film centers on 1960s motorcycle culture and a legendary Midwest biker club.
Here’s the official synopsis: Inspired by Danny Lyon’s iconic book of photography, “The Bikeriders” immerses you in the look, feel, and sounds of the bare-knuckled, grease-covered subculture of ’60s motorcycle riders. Kathy, a strong-willed member of the Vandals who’s married to a wild, reckless bikerider named Benny, recounts the Vandals’ evolution over the course of a decade, beginning as a local club of outsiders united by good times, rumbling bikes, and respect for their strong, steady leader Johnny. Over the years, Kathy tries her best to navigate her husband’s untamed nature and his allegiance to Johnny, with whom she feels she must compete for Benny’s attention. As life in the Vandals gets more dangerous, and the club threatens to become a more sinister gang, Kathy, Benny and Johnny are forced to make choices about their loyalty to the club and to each other.
Mike Faist, Boyd Holbrook, Damon Herriman, Beau Knapp, and Emory Cohen. Karl Glusman, Toby Wallace, Norman Reedus, and Happy Anderson complete the cast.
Nichols had his busiest year ever in 2016 when he delivered both Midnight Special and Loving, both receiving critical acclaim. He has been on a bit of break since then, although he was briefly attached to a spinoff of A Quiet Place, but dropped it to pursue other projects including this one.
The Bikeriders opens in theaters on December 1st.