This might be the dreamiest line-up of talent for a film we’ve heard of — Jodie Comer, Austin Butler and Tom Hardy have been announced as the leads in hotly anticipated film, The Bikeriders.
The announcement came via Variety, and the film will be the sixth for director Jeff Nichols, who was also behind science fiction flick Midnight Special and psychological thriller Take Shelter. Inspired by the iconic 1960s documentary photography series by Danny Lyon, the film follows a motorcycle club in the ’60s as it develops from an innocent community to a criminal gang.
Starting production in October, the film has made headlines globally thanks to that all-star line-up. Comer is, of course, at the top of her game after her award-winning performance as Villanelle in Killing Eve, which earned her an Emmy award and a BAFTA. She most recently took to the stage in Prima Facie.
Meanwhile, Butler generated Oscars-buzz for his immersive performance as Elvis in the Baz Luhrmann film of the same name. Hardy has the longest run of credentials, having made a name for himself via stellar performances in Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises and Peaky Blinders, to name a few. He’ll next appear in Mad Max: Wasteland, which is currently being filmed in Australia.
The film definitely sounds like it’s got Sons of Anarchy vibes, except set in the ’60s. We haven’t got a lot of information about the plot besides the overview above, however looking at Lyon’s photography, we see a gritty, tight-knit community much like the SOA world. Lyon actually spent years immersed in a Chicago motorcycle club to document their lifestyle, part of the reason the photography series is so renowned.
We’ll be waiting a while to see this film hit screens, but with such a talented cast already confirmed and a heavyweight behind the lens, it’s almost guaranteed to be generating Oscar buzz when it finally lands.