When Danny Lyon published his photography book The Bikeriders in 1968, it was released into relative obscurity. The book captured intimate moments between members of the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club from 1963 to 1967, alongside Gonzo-style features. Just like New Journalism bigwigs – Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Wolfe – the images were gritty and authentic, humanising characters so often relegated to the outskirts of society. It helped that Lyon too, was a member of the Outlaws gang. And now, the cult photography book is being made into a film, starring Austin Butler and Jodie Comer, no less.
What is The Bikeriders about?
Directed by Jeff Nichols, according to Variety the film will follow the evolution of the Chicago Outlaws over the course of a decade from "a community for outsiders into a far more sinister gang". While little else is known about the plot, we have a hunch it will cover Lyons and his time collecting the material for The Bikeriders. A Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas kind of romp, but more lo-fi and dramatic.
If you need more fuel for the imagination, Nichols is the director behind 2016 film Loving with Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga.
Who has been cast in The Bikeriders?
At this stage we know Austin Butler has signed onto the project, which feels kind of perfect – the Elvis actor has proved he looks great in leather. Joining him is the inimitable Jodie Comer – her jump from lethal weapon Villanelle in Killing Eve to hot bikie is the kind of transition we're talking about. The objectively good-looking heartthrob Tom Hardy is also slated to join The Bikeriders. So saddle up!
Is there a release date?
Not as of yet. Production for The Bikeriders is still in its early stages, but as soon as we have a premiere date, trailer and more plot details, we'll be sure to let you know.