Don Cheadle is Miles Davis

It’s good to hear on Don Cheadle, without any Marvel links attached. A fine actor that he is, Cheadle’s appearance as Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes in Iron Man 2 and then in Iron Man 3, along with the absence of anything remarkable over the last five years, may have made us forget the kind of quality he used to bring on the big screen. Don’t get me wrong, for I do not detest the role of Rhodey in any manner, but even the die-hards would agree that that is no Oscar-worthy performance. Don Cheadle has been tied-up with the TV series House of Lies now, and hence maybe the limited screen time in theatres. But for someone who came up with two riveting performances back in 2004 in Hotel Rwanda (which got him an Oscar nomination) and Crash, there is just so much more he can do as an actor. Well, maybe his next project could once again bring out that brilliance in him. A biopic titled Miles Ahead on the American jazz musician, Miles Davis.

A bit on Miles Davis…

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The music lovers may not forgive such few lines. Miles Davis, who lived from 1926 to 1991, was a jazz musician and a trumpeter. He is considered as one of the most influential musicians and was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 2006. He has been awarded with eight Grammy Awards, apart from the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His 1959 album Kind of Blue is considered to be one of his best works.

Don Cheadle as Miles Davis…

The first look has been released at EW, and this is how it goes.

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It’s quite stylish, with the trumpet in the hands, as well as the trademark jheri-curled mullet. The biopic will also co-star Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy Corinealdi, and is in the filming stage, with a release date not known yet. 

Don Cheadle the director…

Cheadle marks his debut as a director for a full-length feature film with Miles Ahead. He’s also worked on the screenplay for the movie. Cheadle seems to be deeply involved in the project, with Miles Davis being one of his musical heroes. As he mentions in his interview to EW,

His music was definitely a part of my life very early on, thanks to my parents. And I was fortunate when I was young to have music teachers in school that also introduced us to jazz in general.

Crowdfunding…

So there is no studio attached to the movie so far. The financing has been achieved independently, including finances from Don Cheadle. In order to fill in some gaps, Cheadle has now turned to crowdfunding website Indiegogo. This may well be a very low-budget film, and given that it is a period film, pulling it off perfectly would be some achievement indeed.

More on the movie…

Miles Ahead will not be a biopic on the entire life of Miles Davis, and instead will focus on a period in the 1980s when Davis was trying to reboot his career after a so-called silent period. It would also cover his tumultuous relationship with first wife Frances Taylor Davis.

Biopics have been doing quite well lately, and we hope for the same for Don Cheadle’s venture. Miles Ahead may just bring the music of Miles Davis to a bit more hearts!


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