Casting Couch: Jerry Garcia

Hollywood has finally decided it’s time to turn on its lovelight and let it shine on Jerry (requisite lyric-biting intro sentence). According to reports, producers Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, and Eric Eisner have signed on to a biopic that’ll explore the pie-eyed piper’s roots, meaning no sad concluding chapter on the (extreme) burn-out, singing-from-a-teleprompter years. Via Hollywood Reporter:

The untitled project will focus primarily on Garcia’s early life in the Bay Area before he joined the band that would become the Grateful Dead — a period that includes a stint in the military, a life-changing car accident and his first creative encounters with members of the Northern California music scene including future Dead bassist Phil Lesh.

The movie will pull from Robert Greenfield’s book Dark Star, already has a screenwriter (Topper Lilien) … now it just needs a Jerry. Which is where we come in. Remember it’s young Garcia we’re casting. This won’t be a throwaway project — producers Berger and Yexa count Election and Little Miss Sunshine among their credits — so in casting actors, aim high. Jerry would want it that way.


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