Jonah Hill is set to play the iconic Jerry Garcia in an upcoming Grateful Dead biopic. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie reunites Hill with the famous filmmaker after working together on 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street.

Deadline reported the news of the casting. They speculated on what exactly the movie might cover. No concrete details are available, and there’s a lot of ground to cover with The Grateful Dead.

“While it’s unknown what will be covered in the film, the story of the group goes back to its formation in the Bay Area amid the rise of the psychedelic counterculture of the ’60s. They continued to record albums and tour, with Deadhead fans following them throughout the years all over the country for lengthy jam sessions. The good times came to an end when Garcia died in 1995, though surviving members have carried on in various incarnations.”

The fan reaction to the news on Twitter was overwhelmingly supportive and hilarious. People posted every picture they could find of Jonah with a big beard or a tie-dye shirt. Let’s not get started on Jerry and Jonah’s shared love of cannabis.

Hill will take on what must be an incredibly difficult role. Jerry Garcia is one of the most influential musicians and pop culture icons of all time. He’s an American institution. Big shoes to fill for Jonah, for sure.

It sounds like it might be a match made in heaven. Either way, fans are having fun with it. Check out some of the best fan reactions to the casting of Jonah Hill as Jerry Garcia below.

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