Preview: Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead




The new biopic of Miles Davis' life directed, starring and written by Don Cheadle, gets its April UK release date confirmed

Rolling Stone reporter Dave Brill (played by Ewan McGregor) wants an exclusive interview with jazz legend Miles Davis. What he gets instead, in a movie inspired by events in Davis' life, is "...a wild and dangerous ride-along with a recording artist living at his edge, rife with shootouts, car-chases, and a tale of lost love to the singer Frances (Emayatzy Corinealdi)." The movie in question is released in the UK by Icon Film Distribution on 22 April.

Cheadle (pictured right in character as late-period Miles) was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Hotel Rwanda. He makes his directorial debut with Miles Ahead. The movie is described as "A wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds-barred portrait of one of twentieth-century music's creative geniuses."

The movie, which received its US debut last year, has been called a "free-form biopic." Cheadle himself said in a Guardian interview that he wanted to make a film "...that I think Miles Davis would have wanted to star in."

Davis' early career and work with Charlie Parker and John Coltrane - something of particular interest to many jazz fans - doesn't appear to form part of the plot. However, the cast list on IMDb credits actors in the roles of Herbie Hancock, Paul Chambers, Gil Evans and Bill Evans. McGregor's character is a fictional composite, however: there are of course the car chases and shootouts to enjoy.

Robert Glasper and Herbie Hancock have been involved in the music for Miles Ahead and though Cheadle is seen playing trumpet in the movie, it's Davis who's on the soundtrack.

Bruce Lindsay


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