Now this is a musical biopic I can get behind -- Miles Davis. One of the greatest jazz musicians, the man rocked the trumpet. He delighted in bebop and jazz -- cool, modal, fusion. He played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. He even opened up for bands like Grateful Dead and the Steve Miller Band. Unfortunately, there is also the classic struggle with drugs, which in his case was heroin and cocaine, but with the right man, the cinematic version will be great. That man is Don Cheadle, and I have this funny feeling he can pull this off, probably because he's all sorts of fabulous. Christopher Campbell shared rumors of this in December, and now we have official confirmation.
The film will, however, be challenging, as the actor plans to produce, make his directorial debut and star as Davis. Along with Crescendo Productions, they've secured the life and music rights, which Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson will pen into a screenplay. The pair aren't strangers to music and biopics -- they've previously written Nixon, Ali and Copying Beethoven. So far, so good! We'll have to see how it pans out once things fall into place. I'm not sure how soon it will be, since Cheadle has a whole slew of projects coming up to produce and star in. There is a political drama called Traitor, a comedy about a lawyer-turned-ref called Quest to Ref, the drama Broken Adonis that places Cheadle as an ex-con and Marching Powder the story of a drug dealer who spent years as a tour guide in a Bolivian prison.