Scorsese Finds Jerry Garcia’s Lead in a New Doc

The film will premiere in April.

Is Jerry Garcia a man of mystery, possessed of the wisdom of thousands of years? Is he the kind of musician who channels the spirits of his loves? Or the kind of man who caught this world stage in his teen years?

Martin Scorsese has found the singer who will help him make up for his 1974, concert film that was panned by critics. Patrick Doyle has been cast as the legendary Grateful Dead singer, becoming the only actor to ever play the iconic lead role in an authorized documentary. Scorsese will collaborate with Dylan Govan and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard to make the project.

“We’re thrilled to have such a distinguished actor as Martin Scorsese retell Jerry’s story,” said Bob Weir, one of the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. “Since the time the film was first announced, we’ve all watched him grow into a cinematic legend, and have been impressed with his ability to explore such a big part of rock ‘n’ roll history.”

Weir will serve as an executive producer alongside Scorsese and Co., and the film will premiere on HBO in April.

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