Before the next wave of baby boomers take over the economy, there will likely be a new biopic done for dozens of iconic artists. Next up in the line upheld by James Brown, the N.W.A and Bessie Smith, the baddest man to ever wield a trumpet–Miles Davis–is set to have his story told in the upcoming film, Miles Ahead.
Academy Award-winning thespian Don Cheadle has been cast to take on the complexity of the man who spent most of his 65 years on Earth allowing his instrumental to do the talking for him. Cheadle will also direct and co-produce the picture he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Stephen J. Rivele, and Christopher Wilkinson. Miles Ahead recently premiered at the the New York Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Cheadle, 50, explained how the family of the legendary musician virtually insisted it was him to do Davis’ legacy the correct amount of justice.
“The family told me that I was doing it, the permisson wasn’t asked,” Davis told the NYDailyNews. “The gaunlet was thrown down at my feet — ‘You’re playing Miles Davis.'”
Miles Ahead will also star Emayatzy Corinealdi as Frances Taylor and Ewan McGregor as Dave Brill, and without any resistance from the family, will also showcase the musician’s dark past regarding domestic violence with his lovers.
It’s a part of him, it’s what was there,” said Cheadle, who co-wrote, directed and stars in the film. “It’s something that he didn’t shy away from talking about himself, so I think to sort of gloss over it would even be more of an insult, would be even more of an omission, even a bigger sin. It would rather have it come up and let’s talk about it, let’s discuss what that means and what it means today and how we should address it.”
Peep Cheadle’s first look as Miles Davis during a pivotal studio session scene in the video via Yahoo! Movies down below. Fans can expect Miles Ahead to open in theaters sometime next year.