The upcoming film, which the duo will also produce, marks their most recent collaboration since 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese and Jonah Hill are gearing up for their next project together, a biopic for Apple based on the life of rock legend Jerry Garcia. In the film Hill will essay the role of the late Garcia, who was the frontman for the band the Grateful Dead.
According to Deadline, Hill will also produce the film under his banner Strong Baby, along with Matt Dines, LBI Entertainment’s Rick Yorn and Scorsese. Grateful Dead band members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will serve as executive producers with Garcia’s daughter Trixie Garcia.
The film’s screenplay will be penned by American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
The yet to be titled film will be Hill and Scorsese’s latest collaboration together after the 2013 black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street, which was nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Picture. Hill was also nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar as well.
The Grateful Dead was an American band that rose to prominence for their eclectic brand of music, which combined various genres such as rock, jazz and country. Formed in 1965, they were an important part of the counterculture phenomenon in the West and are a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Scorsese had also been part of the 2017 documentary about the band, titled Long Strange Trip, in the capacity of executive producer.
The prolific director is also working on another project for Apple, a Western crime drama film called Killers of the Flower Moon. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons.