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Jonah Hill takes on the role of rock legend, Jerry Garcia, in a new biopic on the Grateful Dead

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Here at RUSSH, we've made no secret of our love for the one and only zen daddy, Jonah Hill. So much so, we even dedicated a whole article to his undeniable pull as our latest white male obsession. Between his highly-anticipated role in the celebrity blockbuster, Don't Look Up, to his upcoming role alongside comedy king, Eddie Murphy; there's no denying that the age of Jonah Hill is officially here. Now, it seems the actor is paving his way in the realm of biopics; being cast in Martin Scorsese’s biopic on 60s rock band, Grateful Dead.

Hill has been confirmed to portray the leading role in the film, as the band's frontman, Jerry Garcia. As tends to be the case with most Scorsese films, very little is known about the upcoming biopic so far – except, that it is being produced by Apple. It's also not the director's first rodeo when it comes to rock dramas, having even joined as executive producer for the Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip in 2017. It's fair to say, he definitely knows the ins and outs of the band; and given Grateful Dead's enduring popularity, there's no shortage of ground to cover either.


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It's easy to see Hill in the biopic's leading role. The band first formed in 1965, during the Summer of Love’s psychedelic heyday – an aesthetic Hill has certainly embraced in the midst of 2021 summer. Despite Garcia having passed away in 1995, Grateful Dead's fanbase has never wavered. Known as Deadheads; these loyalists have continued to grow over the years, remaining as one of pop culture's original 'stans'.

As we know, this isn't the first time Hill and Scorsese have worked together either. The Grateful Dead biopic will mark their first reunion since the 2013 blockbuster, The Wolf of Wall Street, and we can't wait to see what these two create together for this new film.

Stay tuned for more details on Jonah Hill in the upcoming Grateful Dead biopic.


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