The Walking Dead is nearing the end of its final season, and it looks like long-time star Norman Reedus has found his next project.
Norman Reedus is joining the team behind Jeff Nichols’ drama The Bikeriders under the New Regency banner. Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, Tom Hardy, Michael Shannon, Boyd Holbrook and Damon Herriman are already on board. Nichols directs the film, a fictional story inspired by Danny Lyon’s photographs and his 1967 book The Bikeriders.
Sarah Green and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones are producing alongside New Regency through Nichols’ Tri-State company. Fred Berger is executive producing.
The film is an original story set in the 1960s that follows the rise of a fictional Midwestern motorcycle club. Viewed through the lives of its members, the club evolves over the course of a decade from a gathering place for local outsiders into a much more sinister gang that threatens the unique way of life of the original group.
The film’s setting is well suited to Reedus, who has shown over the years his love for the vehicle at the heart of the story. Not only was TWD’s character Daryl Dixon known for riding motorcycles during 11 seasons of the AMC series, but the network later commissioned the series Ride With Norman Reedus, in which Reedus explored the local motorcycle culture while riding the open road. This series aired for five seasons.
The Walking Dead is currently in the home stretch of its final season, as the first of the final eight episodes aired on Sunday.
Even if the series ends, Reedus is keen to stay in the Walking Dead universe as AMC is developing a spinoff series with Daryl Dixon in which Reedus will reprise his role. Not to mention, he’s back in the sequel to the cult hit Death Stranding.
He is represented by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.