To celebrate the anticipated release of The Bikeriders, which opens in cinemas this week, we sat down and got our leather jackets on to chat to one of the film’s stars and its writer/director.

THE BIKERIDERS follows the rise of a midwestern motorcycle club, the Vandals. Seen through the lives of its members, the club evolves over the course of a decade from a gathering place for local outsiders into a more sinister gang, threatening the original group’s unique way of life. The film stars Tom Hardy (Venom: The Last Dance), Jodie Comer (The End We Start From), Austin Butler (Dune Part Two), Boyd Holbrook (The Predator), Mike Faist (Challengers) and Michael Shannon (Midnight Special).

Chatting to Nichols and Hardy, we talk motorbikes and riding some classic feats of engineering, why they wanted to work together, their love of Michael Shannon and why he is Nichols’ “Michael Caine” lucky charm, who they would like to take on (in a friendly way) on a Bikeriders-esque initiation fight and much more.

You can view the full interview below:

The Bikeriders opens in UK cinemas on June 21st.