Jonah Hill’s got his next project lined up.
The Superbad star is teaming up with Martin Scorsese and Apple for an untitled biopic about the Grateful Dead. The film will star Jonah as the band’s late frontman, Jerry Garcia.
For more details, keep reading!
Second Time They’ve Worked Together
This is the second time the actor-director duo is teaming up for a film, as they previously worked on The Wolf of Wall Street together.
Jonah will also be producing the film alongside his producing partner, Matt Dines, while American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson writers, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszweski, will be writing the script.
And, for those worried about what the Grateful Dead band members think of the film, band members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann will be a part of the film as executive producers.
Not to mention, Jerry Garcia’s daughter, Trixie Garcia, will also be a producer on the film.
What Will the Movie Be About?
The plot details are currently being kept under wraps, but it’s fairly safe to assume the film will cover the group’s formation in the ‘60s.
The band continued to record albums and tour up until Garcia’s death in 1995. Despite Garcia’s passing, the rest of the band has continued to tour in various forms.
Dead Fans Shared Their Thoughts on Social Media
Jonah announced the exciting news on Instagram with a screenshot of the casting announcement from Deadline, along with the “prayer hands” and “skull” emoji.
But, as to be expected, plenty of Deadhead fans shared their feelings on social media. While some were excited about the project, others weren’t entirely thrilled about the casting decision.
“I am so mad that Jonah Hill gets to be Jerry Garcia,” one person tweeted.
Another shared, “Jonah Hill is going to be Jerry Garcia in a new biopic …” alongside a gif of Steve Carell from The Office saying “I like it.”
One other fan wrote, “I’m optimistic. Hoping the rest of the band being exec producers will ensure it doesn’t get cheesy like Jerry’s chili dogs.”
While it’s understandable fans of the band are cautiously optimistic, Scorese rarely misses. Plus, with the surviving band members as executive producers, there’s a very high likelihood the film will be truthful and honor Garcia the right way.