Variety reports that a feature film about the late Grateful Dead leader is starting to take form, with a script based on author Robert Greenfield’s thoroughly readable oral biography, Dark Star. So who should the filmmakers cast to play Garcia?Jerry Garcia could be coming soon to a theater near you.
Since Topper Lilien’s script is said to focus on the singer’s pre-Dead years, they’ll need someone on the younger side. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s face shares a certain sly quality with Garcia’s before he covered it up with shades and facial hair. A more predictable choice might be Seth Rogen, who can pull off the perma-stoned grin that this part will likely require. Eugene Levy is way too old by now, which is too bad, since he bore a distinct resemblance to Jerry in some of the fake album art from A Mighty Wind.
I bet you have some even better casting ideas than those. Which actor do you think was born to play Jerry Garcia? Suggest away!
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