Jonah Hill has secured his next position. For a new movie, the Oscar nominee will reunite with Martin Scorsese, the filmmaker of “Wolf of Wall Street.”
According to Deadline, Scorsese, 79, will direct the untitled Grateful Dead biopic on Apple TV+, with Hill, 37, playing band leader Jerry Garcia. Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, as well as Garcia’s daughter Trixie, will serve as executive producers. Apple will be able to use the band’s music in the film due to the rock band’s substantial engagement.
The group’s beginnings can be traced back to 1965 in the San Francisco Bay Area. They became emblems of the counterculture movement after releasing their self-titled debut album in 1967, and their admirers became known as “Deadheads” over time. However, tragedy struck in 1995, when Garcia died of a heart attack at a drug-treatment facility at the age of 53. He recorded 13 albums with the band before his demise.
The guitar of the legendary performer was auctioned for nearly $1.9 million in 2017. The guitar, appropriately named “Wolf,” was formerly owned by mega-fan Daniel Pritzker, who paid $790,000 for it in 2002.
“I’ve been a fan of the Dead since I was a youngster, and it’s been an honor to play this famous guitar for the past 15 years,” Pritzker said at the time. “However, Wolf’s time has come to do some good.”
Scorsese has worked on several Grateful Dead projects, including the planned musical feature. “Long Strange Trip,” a 2017 documentary about the band, was produced by him earlier. Hill’s next appearance will be in Adam McKay’s satirical black comedy “Don’t Look Up,” which will be released on Netflix on December 24.