Entertainment Weekly released the first image of Don Cheadle as the legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis from the upcoming biopic Miles Ahead. I'm not the biggest Don Cheadle fan there is, but I definitely dig the likeness.
This marks Don Cheadle's first effort in feature film directing (as well as co-writing the script). He did direct one episode of House of Lies, but I have no idea who really watches that show. So despite the similar look and style placed in the released photo, who knows if this movie will actually be good or not. Then again there were a few solid films made by first time Hollywood director/actors with Kevin Costner having not directed a thing before Dances with Wolves, or Robert Redford with Ordinary People. Personally I'm just glad to see Cheadle doing something other than being Cheadle. His roles tend to be played the same exact way so it'll be nice to see him play something with some weight behind it since Hotel Rwanda.
There is no release date set on when the movie will open seeing that it's still locking funding into place but from the looks of it, the heart is in the right spot.
But for those of you who are maybe a little unclear on who Miles Davis was, in 2006 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz" and considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Davis passed away in 1991 from respiratory failure caused by AIDS even though he and his manager had denied the rumor that Davis had the illness. So we'll see how this plays out in Cheadle's biopic.
Head to Entertainment Weekly for the full interview.