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09th Sep 2023

Tom Hardy returns to the big screen after two years with new biker movie

Stephen Porzio


True to form, the first look at the film – which has been compared to Goodfellas – shows Hardy doing another distinct accent.

Tom Hardy has returned to the big screen after two years with The Bikeriders, which recently had its world premiere and has just released a first trailer online.

His first movie since 2021’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Hardy stars in the biker film alongside Austin Butler (recently Oscar-nominated for Elvis) and Jodie Comer (Killing Eve).

Inspired by the ’60s photo-book of the same name by Danny Lyon (who is played in the drama by West Side Story’s Mike Faist), the fictional story follows the rise of a Midwestern motorcycle club through the lives of its members, including its leader Johnny (Hardy).

The movie will also focus on Kathy (Comer), the wife of a wild and reckless bikerider named Benny (Butler), who tries her best to navigate her husband’s untamed nature and his allegiance to Johnny, with who she feels she must compete for Benny’s attention.

Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Loving, Midnight Special), The Bikeriders also features amongst its ensemble cast Boyd Holbrook (Justifed: City Primeval), Damon Herriman (Mindhunter), Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) and Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead).

Following its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, the movie has already earned raves from critics, scoring a 92% Rotten Tomatoes score based on 12 reviews.

Particularly glowing praise for The Bikeriders came from Kyle Smith of the Wall Street Journal who wrote:

“The finest movie about motorcycle culture I’ve ever seen. Told with gusto à la Goodfellas, this richly evocative look at how a 1960s Midwestern biker club turned into a gang establishes Elvis Oscar nominee Austin Butler as a major movie star.”

The Bikeriders does not have an Irish release date yet but will be out in US cinemas on 1 December.

Earlier in the week, meanwhile, JOE wrote about the trailers for the Liam Neeson-starring In the Land of Saints and Sinners and Netflix’s upcoming Chicken Run sequel in separate articles.

You can also check out this week’s other big teasers released in the world of film and TV below.

The Burial

Starting with movies, this legal drama starring Jamie Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones lands on Prime Video on 13 October.

The Exorcist: Believer

This sixth instalment in The Exorcist franchise serves as a direct sequel to the original and focuses on the parents of two girls who become demonically possessed.

Desperate for help, the parents go in search of someone who has had similar experiences, Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn reprising her role from the 1973 classic).

The Exorcist: Believer is set to land in Irish cinemas on 13 October.

Godzilla Minus One

This new Godzilla movie from Japan does not have an Irish release date but will be out in Japan on 3 November and in the US on 1 December.

No One Will Save You

In this sci-fi thriller coming to Disney+ on 22 September, Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart) plays a woman living in solitude in her childhood home who must defend herself from alien invaders.

One Life

Anthony Hopkins stars as British humanitarian Nicholas Winton in this biopic set for an Irish cinema release on 1 January.


Ava DuVernay (Selma) directs this biographical drama about writer Isabel Wilkerson (Aunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft Country) who, while grappling with tremendous personal tragedy, sets herself on a path of global investigation and discovery.

Origin does not have a release date yet but is expected to land in cinemas in late 2023.

Pain Hustlers

Emily Blunt stars alongside Chris Evans in this Netflix crime drama – out 27 October – about a blue collar single mom who becomes entangled in a dangerous racketeering scheme.

Quiz Lady

Awkwafina and Sandra Oh play sisters in this comedy coming to Disney+ on 3 November.

The Royal Hotel

In this psychological thriller, two young US backpackers (Jessica Henwick and Julia Garner) take jobs at an Australian Outback bar where they are confronted with a bunch of unruly locals and a situation that grows rapidly out of their control.

The Royal Hotel should be released in Ireland sometime after it comes out in the States on 6 October.


Cult filmmaker Eli Roth returns to horror with this slasher – out in Irish cinemas on 17 November – which is inspired by the fake movie trailer he made for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse project back in 2007.

A Murder at the End of the World

Moving onto TV, this FX mystery thriller comes from the creators of cult Netflix sci-fi drama The OA and focuses on an amateur sleuth and hacker (The Crown’s Emma Corrin) who is invited to participate in a retreat at a remote location, where one of the guests winds up being found dead.

Co-starring Alice Braga, Brit Marling (one of the show’s creators), Clive Owen and Harris Dickinson, the series will be out in Ireland sometime after its US premiere on 14 November.

Everything Now

This Netflix series out on 5 October follows a 16-year-girl (Talk to Me’s Sophie Wilde) who, after a lengthy recovery from anorexia, is ready to get her life back — only to discover her friends are way ahead of her.

Gen V

Prime Video’s first live action spin-off to its hit series The Boys premieres on 29 September.

Lawmen: Bass Reeves

This Western about Bass Reeves (David Oyelowo, Silo), one of the first Black deputy US marshals west of the Mississippi River, comes to Ireland on Paramount+ on 5 November.

Lupin: Part 3

Omar Sy’s gentleman thief returns to Netflix for a new batch of episodes on 5 October.

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters

Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell (both playing the same character) are among the cast of this Apple TV+ series set in the MonsterVerse franchise – the one with Godzilla and King Kong.

It will premiere on 17 November.

The Super Models

Sticking with Apple TV+, this documentary spotlighting the careers of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington premieres on 20 September.


Last but not least, Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) stars in this thriller as a woman whose dream holiday quickly turns into a living nightmare.

Wilderness will premiere on Prime Video on 15 September.

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