Jonah Hill has tracked down his next gig. The Oscar nominee will unite again with “Wolf of Wall Street” director Martin Scorsese for a new project.
Scorsese, 79, will be in charge of the untitled Grateful Dead biopic for Apple TV+ with Hill, 37, featuring as band leader Jerry Garcia.
Appreciative Dead band members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will executive produce alongside Garcias daughter, Trixie. Because of the rock group’s heavy involvement, Apple will actually want to use the band’s music in the film.
The group’s origins return to 1965 in San Francisco’s Bay Area. In the wake of releasing their self-named debut album in 1967, they became symbols of the counterculture movement and their fans have come to be known as “Deadheads” over the years.
In any case, tragedy struck in 1995 when Garcia died at 53 years old from a coronary failure at a medication treatment office. Prior to his death, he recorded 13 albums with the band.
In 2017, the notable musician’s guitar was sold for more than $1.9 million at auction. The guitar — suitably named Wolf was recently owned by mega fan Daniel Pritzker, who purchased the instrument in 2002 for $790,000.
“I’ve been a fan of the Dead since I was a kid, and playing this iconic guitar over the past 15 years has been a privilege,” Pritzker said at the time. “But the time is right for Wolf to do some good.”
The forthcoming musical film isn’t the only time Scorsese has been engaged with a Grateful Dead project. He previously produced the 2017 documentary with regards to the group, “Long Strange Trip.”
Hill will next be found in the Adam McKay satirical black comedy “Don’t Look Up,” which will be hitting Netflix come Dec. 24.
The comedian will likewise be producing the Grateful Dead project close by his producing partner Matt Dines. “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson” writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will pen the script with Rick Yorn.
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