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Miles Beyond the Biopic: Don Cheadle Riffs on a Jazz Legend

Don Cheadle has managed to accomplish something no one has been able to pull off in two decades: serve up a bigscreen tale of jazz great Miles Davis.

“Miles Ahead,” in which the versatile actor portrays the legendary trumpeter, marks the directorial debut of Cheadle, who co-wrote the script. The independently financed production, made for $8.5 million, wrapped a monthlong shoot in Cincinnati in mid-August, capping a lengthy gestation period for a project that began eight years ago with Davis’ posthumous induction into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

The picture, which has yet to score a U.S. distributor, is among a number of film endeavors centering on iconic black musicians — all of them divisive figures who were considered ahead of their time, with none of the films so far connecting with a wide audience.

Most recently, “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” starring Andre Benjamin aka Outkast’s Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix, bowed quietly Sept. 26, and has grossed less than $300,000 to date. “Get On Up,” the $30 million James Brown biopic, received a similarly chilly reception, despite major studio support Universal, grossing little more than its budget since its Aug. 1 debut. Alex Gibney’s low-earning documentary “Finding Fela!” about Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, opened in limited release in early August.

via Miles Beyond the Biopic: Don Cheadle Riffs on a Jazz Legend | Variety.

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One thought on “Miles Beyond the Biopic: Don Cheadle Riffs on a Jazz Legend

  1. Since Miles was with me at my home during this time .. I don t find it hard to believe you haven t spoken to me you re right this story won t be a history lesson it will be fantasy and imagination sprinkled with family

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