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Now this is some wonderful news for Jazz fans. Don Cheadle will be portraying the great Miles Davis in a forthcoming biopic called Kill The Trumpet Player

Reports the Associated Press:

BiFrost Pictures told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it will finance and produce “Kill the Trumpet Player,” with Cheadle also making his directorial debut. Cheadle has been trying to make the film for years. Production is finally set to begin in June.

The production company said the movie will focus on when Davis temporarily retired from making music and then re-emerged in 1979. The script is written by Cheadle and Steven Baigelman.

Ewan McGregor will co-star as a Rolling Stone reporter, and Zoe Saldana will play Frances Davis, the trumpet player’s former wife. Davis collaborator Herbie Hancock will be involved in the production.

Recently, Cheadle appeared in Iron Man 3 as Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka War Machine.

Miles Davis, who once collaborated with Hip-Hop producer Easy Mo Bee (The Notorious B.I.G., Big Daddy Kane), died in 1991 at the age of 65.

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