Disney has revealed that it has delayed the upcoming theatrical release of “The Bikeriders”, which was initially scheduled to arrive in cinemas on December 1st 2023, though no new release date has been confirmed.

“The Bikeriders” is a furious drama following the rise of a fictional 1960s Midwestern motorcycle club through the lives of its members, starring Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve,” “The Last Duel”), Austin Butler (“Elvis”) and Tom Hardy (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Revenant”).  It has been directed and written by Jeff Nichols (“Loving,” “Midnight Special,” “Mud”).

There are two reasons why Disney has decided to delay the film; following the huge success of the new Taylor Swift concert film, the studio is giving a wide birth to Beyoncé’s new film, “Renaissance“, which was recently announced to be arriving in cinemas on December 1st.   It’s not expected that “Renaissance” will be as popular as the “Eras” concert film, but it’s additional competition for the film.

The other big reason for the release change, is that the actor’s strike was extended following the studios walking away from negotiations following the union demanding 2% of all streaming services subscriptions. Disney looks to have bumped the film back so they can spread out its release schedule in early 2023.  Plus, hopefully, if the strike is resolved by then, the actors will be able to promote the film.

“The Bikeriders” has already premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and last week at the London Film Festival.

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Roger Palmer

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