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 »

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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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Miles Davis

Miles Davis was among the most spectacular talents of the 20th century, fiery and commanding on stage, and fearless as a songwriter. He pushed jazz forward in ways that are incredible, coming from just one man. Offstage, his life was complicated, as his temper could be just as explosive as his music. He dealt with drug addiction and had complicated personal relationships with women, and with many figures in the music scene.

While Davis appeared as an actor in some minor roles (he was in Scrooged!), he has never been portrayed on screen in a major way. That will change when Don Cheadle stars as Davis in Kill the Trumpet Player, which will also mark Cheadle’s debut as a feature director. The film has been in development for years, but appears ready to shoot now, at last.  Read More »

When we first reported on the impending Miles Davis biopic from Notorious director George Tillman Jr. this past fall, we wondered how that news might affect the other Davis picture, which actor Don Cheadle has been developing for the past several years. As it turns out, Cheadle’s not too worried — because his story won’t be a straightforward biopic so much as a “cubist” “gangster pic” set in 1979, when the iconic American musician wasn’t even active in the music world. Wait, what? Read his quotes after the jump.

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George Tillman Jr., who previously brought rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s life to the big screen in Notorious, is lined up to direct another musical biopic, this time about legendary jazz musician Miles Davis. Tentatively titled Miles, the project is based on the book Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis by Davis’ son Gregory Davis. Gregory Davis will serve as a consultant on the picture, with Nick Davis Raynes and Ged Dickersin and lined up to produce. More details after the jump.

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