‘Miles Ahead’ Trailer: Don Cheadle Is Miles Davis

Don Cheadle in Miles Ahead (2)

Biopics are more traditionally associated with the year-end glut of prestige pics gunning for Oscar, but in 2016 the flood of biopics starts early. This month brings two sports biopics, Race and Eddie the Eagle, and this spring brings two music movies, I Saw the Light and Miles Ahead.

The last of those is a riff on the life of jazz legend Miles Davis, directed by and starring Don CheadleMiles Ahead has already hit the festival circuit, but it finally comes to theaters in April, and as of today we finally have the first trailer. Watch it after the jump.  Read More »

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NYFF trailer

In the past couple years the trailer for the New York Film Festival has been a nice little thing to look forward to. Each NYFF trailer is usually very well cut, and also features some glimpse of footage for a film we otherwise haven’t seen yet. This year, that film is Miles Ahead, the Miles Davis biopic directed by and starring Don Cheadle.

This trailer also features Maggie’s Plan by Rebecca Miller, which stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore; and footage from The Walk, Bridge Of Spies, Steve Jobs, Carol, and quite a few more. There’s even a good bit of footage from Guy Maddin‘s The Forbidden Room. (Hint: the Guy Maddin footage is the most odd-looking stuff.) Read More »

Don Cheadle as Miles Davis

Don Cheadle has been working to crowdfund a film about Miles Davis, in which Cheadle himself would play the famed musician. Miles Ahead also counts Cheadle as a co-writer, and has Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy Corinealdi set to co-star when the film begins shooting this week in Cincinnati. Now the first look of Don Cheadle as Miles Davis is out, and the hair, makeup, and costume departments have certainly done their job well.

The film will follow Davis in his so-called “silent period,” when he withdrew from public life. Set in 1979, the film will flash back to previous years in his life, and in particular touch on his tumultuous (and often outright violent) marriage with Frances Taylor Davis. Miles didn’t return to performing and releasing music until 1981 — not coincidentally as far as the film is concerned, that’s the first year Don Cheadle saw Davis on stage.

In an interview accompanying the photo, Cheadle talks about playing the trumpet (he learned to play for the film, but the music you hear will be Davis’) and explained his take on the biopic form, and went into some detail about the reasons for using IndieGogo to partially finance the movie. See the shot and get more info below. Read More »

Don Cheadle Miles Davis movie

Don Cheadle has been trying to make a Miles Davis biopic happen for years, and he’s closer than ever to making it a reality. But he needs one final push to get it going for real, and he’d like you to help.

The Iron Man 3 actor, who’s set to star in and direct Miles Ahead, is turning to Indiegogo in hopes of raising $325,000 by July 6. Hit the jump to watch his pitch video.

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