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    Is Austin Butler’s Drama Film ‘The Bikeriders’ Based On A Book?

    Jeff Nichols returns to director’s chair after seven years with motorcycle drama ‘The Bikeriders.’ The filmmaker was supposed to direct ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ but decided against it. Instead, he’s created a fictional story about a biking club’s evolution throughout the 60s. Austin Butler is at the center of it, trying to find his place in the team.

    ‘The Bikeriders’ also features Tom Hardy and Jodie Comer as essential people in the life of Austin Butler’s character. This incredible story of a counterculture is based on a book of photographs taken during the 1960s. The story is fictional but wouldn’t have existed without this photobook.

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    Austin Butler’s ‘The Bikeriders’ Is Based On A Danny Lyon’s Book

    Danny Lyon’s book of photographs inspired Austin Butler’s ‘The Bikeriders.’

    The film ‘The Bikeriders’ is based on a book of photographs of the same name by Danny Lyon. He’s a photographer and a journalist known for keeping an archive of the 1960s Civil Rights movements. Lyon came across the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club, becoming an inspiration for his photo book. Lyon’s pictures provided an authentic look inside the lives of people who made the club and the 1960s counterculture.

    However, the plot of ‘The Bikeriders’ is a fictional story. According to Deadline, the film is an original story set in the 1960s following the rise of a fictional Midwestern motorcycle club. Seen through the lives of its members, the club evolves over a decade from a gathering place for local outsiders into a more sinister gang, threatening the original group’s unique way of life.

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    Which Role Is Austin Butler Playing In ‘The Bikeriders’?

    Austin Butler plays Benny in 'The Bikeriders.'
    Austin Butler plays Benny in ‘The Bikeriders.’

    Oscar-nominee Austin Butler plays Benny, the renegade member of the motorcycle club Vandals. As the club transforms into a more sinister organization, he experiences conflicting loyalties to his wife, Kathy, and the motorcycle club leader, Johnny. Primed to take over the club after Johnny, Butler’s Benny must make a defining choice.

    ‘The Bikeriders’ has an ensemble cast of Jodie Comer, Austin Butler, Tom Hardy, Michael Shannon, Mike Faist, and Norman Reedus. The film premiered at the 50th Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2023. It has a theatrical release date of December 1, 2023, in the US.

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