Martin Scorsese is making a musical biopic about the Grateful Dead, with Jonah Hill set to star as the iconic rock band’s frontman Jerry Garcia. The project reunites Scorsese and Hill for the first time since 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” In addition to directing, Scorsese will serve as a producer alongside Hill.
It is not clear what period of the band’s history the still-untitled movie will dramatize. The Grateful Dead formed in the Bay area in 1965 and became one of the key symbols of the counterculture upon releasing a debut album in 1967 that was just as heavy on the members’ love for roots music as the psychedelia of the period.
The movie is being developed at Apple, where Scorsese is currently working on his next film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” a Western crime drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons.
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