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Jonah Hill plays the Grateful Dead icon in the Scorsese film

Director Martin Scorsese has brought several music films to the screen. His latest project is a film about the band Grateful Dead – starring Jonah Hill.

Los Angeles – Oscar winner Martin Scorsese (79, “Departed – Unter Feinden”) has found the leading actor for his planned feature film about the band Grateful Dead.

Jonah Hill (37, “Superbad”) is said to play the legendary band leader of the Californian cult group. Hill linked a report from the film portal “Deadline.com” to Instagram.

Jerry Garcia founded the psychedelic rock band in San Francisco in the mid-1960s. Their music with hits like “Casey Jones” was the sound backdrop for the flower children ‘s drug trips. The Grateful Dead were accompanied by a loyal fan base. So-called deadheads moved with the band from one gig to the next. The musicians earned their money mainly through concerts and not through record sales. After Garcia’s death in 1995 at the age of 53, the band broke up, but later the “Dead” musicians around Bob Weir and Mickey Hart reappeared together.

Hill shot The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) with Scorsese. Scorsese has made several music films throughout his long Hollywood career, including the documentaries “The Band”, “No Direction Home – Bob Dylan”, “Shine a Light” and “George Harrison: Living in the Material World”. dpa

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