Jonah Hill has been cast as the Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia in a Martin Scorsese-Directed biopic. The legendary director is known for highly influential films such as Taxi driver, Raging bull, and good friends although more recently, he has delivered some modern masterpieces such as New York Bands, The dead people, and The wolf of Wall Street. His last movie, the Irish, it was apparently a farewell to the gangster genre, which many consider the director’s bread and butter.
Scorsese’s next movie, Killers of the flower moonstarring his two most frequent collaborators on Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, will launch on Apple TV + early next year. The film also stars Brendan Fraser and Jesse Plemons and is based on David Grann’s best-selling true crime novel of the same name, which chronicles the mysterious murders of members of the Osage Nation in the 1920s in Oklahoma that took place. known as the Reign of Terror. Now for his post-that project, Scorsese will stick with the streaming service.
Deadline reports that Hill has been cast in the title role in Scorsese’s biopic about the legendary rock band. Scorsese and Hill are also on board to produce the film, which is currently in development by screenwriting duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, fresh off work on the FX series. American Crime Story: Indictment. Like Assassins of the Flower Moon, Scorsese’s untitled biopic is expected to release on Apple TV +.
The news that the legendary director is making a biopic about the Grateful Dead is sure to be exciting for Scorsese and Deadheads fans alike. The filmmaker’s reverence for the band is well known, considering that he produced the 2017 documentary Grateful Dead. Long strange journey, and while he has been involved in various music documentaries throughout his career, this is the first time that he will address the subject in fiction. It’s unclear what events the film will cover, though there’s plenty of mature backstory to explore, from the band’s formation in the Bay Area to their rise to popularity in the context of the psychedelic counterculture of the 1960s.
The biopic will also meet Scorsese and Hill, who previously collaborated on the 2013 film The wolf of Wall Street, which earned Hill his second Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Since then, the two talents have been actively looking for another project to work on together, and while a lot can happen before a movie goes into production, it seems like they’ve finally found it. Although this time, Hill will have the opportunity to show his talent as a leading man by embodying a rock legend like Garcia.
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