What you need to know
- Jonah Hill will portray Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia in a new biopic.
- The film will be directed by Martin Scorsese.
Jonah Hill will play Jerry Garcia in a new Grateful Dead biopic for Apple TV+.
As reported by Deadline, Martin Scorcese has signed on to direct the upcoming film. It will be Apple's second film with the award-winning director as the company is already working on "Killers of the Flower Moon" together.
After stepping up as a producer on his next film Killers of the Flower Moon, Apple has found its next Martin Scorsese project, and its subject is a band the Oscar winner knows well. Sources tell Deadline that Scorsese is on board to direct and produce a new untitled biopic on the Grateful Dead with Jonah Hill on board to play the group's frontman, Jerry Garcia.
Hill will also produce the pic through his Strong Baby banner along with his producing partner Matt Dines.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who received rave reviews for penning American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, are writing the script with Rick Yorn of LBI Entertainment joining Hill and Scorsese as producers. The Dead's Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will executive produce along with their late bandmate's daughter Trixie Garcia, Eric Eisner and Bernie Cahill.
Scorcese and Hill have already worked together on "The Wolf of Wall Street" which netted Hill his second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. It's not surprising that Apple got to the film quickly as it signed a first-look deal with the director's Sikelia Productions company last year.
It's currently unclear when the film will begin production or when it will premiere in theaters or on Apple TV+. If you want to ensure you have the best video and audio quality possible to watch it, check out our review of the new Apple TV 4K.
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