Don Cheadle is making his directorial debut with the movie Miles Ahead about jazz legend Miles Davis, who Don is also playing in the movie. The biopic isn’t like the others, in that it doesn’t cover the peak of his career but more the late 70’s, when Davis was more reclusive. Ewan McGregor co-stars with Cheadle as a Rolling Stone writer “here to write your comeback story.” Cheadle said he didn’t cover his career peak because:
“Just the fact that he wasn’t playing. The fact that he hadn’t played for five years, up to that point, and in a way, was either chopping at the bit to figure out what to say again, if to say again, or he was going down towards death very quickly. He was standing on that knife’s edge at that point, and I don’t think he even know which way it was gonna go. So for us, when we got to the period in all the research about how Miles didn’t play for five years, we were like, “What?” [Laughs] That was the part that was the most interesting from a human being standpoint to me. Musically and what he did with his art form was amazing to me all the time, for the most part. But for me, as a human and an artist and someone who’s a creative person, what happens when you just stop for five years? That’s why we picked that moment to sort of be the departure point: him on the verge of talking again, basically.”
Also, Entertainment Weekly noted that in 2006 Davis’ nephew Vince Wilburn told reporters if anyone were to play his uncle in a movie, it would have to be Cheadle. 10 years later here it is coming to life!
Check out the trailer below:
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