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Jonah Hill to Play Jerry Garcia in Martin Scorsese Musical Biopic

Martin Scorsese, a renowned director plans to make a musical biography about the Grateful Dead. Jonah Hill was cast as Jerry Garcia.

The news of the biopic’s reality was first reported by Deadline. Hill uploaded the story to Instagram. He used a skull and hands up emoticons as well as an emoji for the band’s name. 

Expectations will be high. Hill worked together with Scorsese in 2013’s Wall Street: The Wolf in Wall Street, as the brilliant-but-eccentric, real-life investor, Donnie Azoff, who went on drug-fueled party sprees with Jordan Belfort. Hill was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor in that role.

Scorsese directed The Grateful Dead, six-part documentary series. A Long, Strange Trip, released in 2017, which was named after Garcia’s quote, “What a long strange trip it’s been.” 

​​“The Grateful Dead were more than just a band,” Scorsese said in a statement at the time of the docu-series’ announcement. “They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans. I’m very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved.”

Scorsese’s next movie is being shot at Apple. Flower Moon killers, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski were the two men who contributed to this film. American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. SimpsonAs writers, he will be working on this project.

In 1965, The Grateful Dead emerged in California’s Bay Area as an integral part of counterculture. The jam band was a symbol of the psychedelic counterculture movement. Garcia was killed in 1995. The band appears to support the musical biopic.

Executive producers have been appointed for Weir and Kreutzmann as well as Lesh, Lesh, and Mickey Hart from the Grateful Dead. Trixie Garcia, the daughter of Jerry Garcia, as the band’s manager Bernie Cahill will also serve as executive producers, including Eric Eisner.

At this point, no release date or production date has been set.

Garcia hand picked

Last year, the Garcia family—led by Trixie Garcie—launched Garcia Hand Picked, their own line of cannabis products and merchandise. Garcia Hand-Picked. Eight-ounce jars and five-joint packets of pre-rolls are available in the line. They come in Indica or Sativa sativa, Hybrid and hybrid varieties. Popular choices include guitar-pick-shaped, 5mg per-gummy THC-infused gummies, which come in 20-gummy containers.

After “an extensive search for the right partner to create this cannabis brand,” Trixie said in 2019, the family ended up settling with Holistic Industries to collaborate on the project. “Their values are rooted in a family business and they have a track record operating and creating cannabis brands across the country. We can’t wait to share the Jerry Garcia cannabis collection with the fans next year.”

Trixie told Rolling StoneJerry used marijuana as a social media tool when he was around other people. 

Rock journalist Al Aronowitz interviewed Jerry Garcia in 1972—but the interview wasn’t published until January 2001 in Chronic News. Jerry described San Francisco’s atmosphere. “There was a lot of fighting, race riots, all that high-school shit that was so heavy in the ’50s,” Jerry Garcia said. “Gangs go out cruising on a Friday night with other hoodlums, drinking wine and having fights. The tops of the hills in the city weren’t built on yet. Going to the country was like this. Trees, ponds, grass, animals. After a day of smoking, I went up to the top and had a few joints. Then I was hooked. I wasn’t into changing my mood, I was into getting stoned!”