Actor Jonah Hill has been tapped to play late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia in the forthcoming Martin Scorsese-directed biopic on the band for Apple.
The band’s four surviving core members (guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and percussionists Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart) will serve as executive producers on the as-yet-untitled project, along with the late guitarist’s daughter, Trixie. Garcia, according to Movie Industry Magazine Deadline, which broke the casting news on Thursday, Nov. 1. 18.
hill, who previously worked with scorsese on “the wolf of wall street,” for which he earned a best supporting actor oscar nomination, will produce the film with scorsese, and the screenplay is being co-written by scott alexander and larry . Karaszewski, who were also behind “American Crime Story: The People vs. o.j. simpson” and rick yorn.
Scorsese, a long-time deadhead, already produced and directed the 2017 Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Journey,” but this upcoming project will mark his first musical biopic.
The announcement follows the success of other blockbuster biographical films such as “rocket man” and “bohemian rhapsody,” which fictionalized the career paths of elton john and queen, respectively. apple also got rave reviews for its todd haynes-directed documentary on the velvet underground, which premiered last month.
With the band’s involvement, Apple may have also secured the rights to the music of the dead.
The Grateful Dead’s history is one of the most storied in rock ‘n’ roll. Coming together out of the remnants of various Palo Alto folk and bluegrass groups, the band started performing in spring 1965 as the Warlocks before changing its name that December.
became the house band at ken kesey’s famous acid tests, providing the soundtrack for the dawn of the psychedelic age, and one of the most illustrious careers in rock music history, the dead They performed at historic 1960s rock events like the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock.
the band was also at altamont, the rolling stones free concert, where the appearance of the dead was canceled after fans and security (members of the hells angels biker gang) clashed and a member of the audience died.
the dead joined the allman brothers and band for a show at watkins glen, n.y., in 1973, to a crowd of over 650,000, the largest single recorded audience for a music event.
in 1978, the dead traveled to egypt to perform at the base of the great pyramids.
A mob of roving deadheads followed the gang from town to town, often causing trouble in the host cities. Just a few days before the band played its final show on July 9, 1995 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, fans rioted outside a concert in Indianapolis.
during their last 10 years on the road, the dead grossed more than $200 million from 350 shows, according to the billboard score.
The band managed to endure the death of two keyboard players in its 30-year history — Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and Brent Mydland — but with Garcia’s passing in August 1995, the Dead faced a future without the most visible member of the group.
For years after his death, the surviving members of the band rarely spoke to each other.
Aside from a few sporadic appearances, including a partial reunion like the others in 1998 and a performance in support of Barack Obama’s presidential bid in 2008 at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, the famously feuding surviving members all but dissolved their business operations. like the grateful dead to avoid dealing with each other.
But in 2015, the band reunited for a series of 50th anniversary concerts at Soldier Field and Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
A spin-off band called Dead and Company, consisting of Hart, Kreutzmann and Weir with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, have performed regularly ever since.