The Bikeriders is a movie about a motorcycle club from the 1960s that hits theaters on June 21. Inspired by a book of the same name, it’s directed by Jeff Nichols (Loving; Midnight Special; Mud) and stars Austin Butler (Elvis), Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road; The Revenant), Norman Reedus (Walking Dead), and Jodie Comer (Killing Eve; The Last Duel).

I’m always dubious about Hollywood’s portrayal of motorcycling, but after watching an advance screening of this new film, I was really impressed with the production values and the acting. Terrific performances throughout, especially from Hardy as the club leader “Johnny” and Comer, the love interest of “Benny” played by Butler. The motorcycles are all period-correct 1960s models, and their authentic sounds literally rumble the theater seats.

The day after watching the movie, I attended a junket hosted by the studio and caught up with the film’s stunt coordinator, Jeff Milburn, who was featured in the December 2023 issue of American Rider. Milburn is a total bike nut, and he was tasked by director Jeff Nichols to make sure all the motorcycle elements were authentic.

Take a look at this video interview to learn about the efforts it took to bring vintage motorcycles to the big screen. And stay tuned for more interviews about the The Bikeriders with the actors listed above and director Nichols.


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