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Don Cheadle Readies His Miles Davis Movie

The birth of the flick

Miles Davis
Don Cheadle on the set of his Miles Davis biopic

Rumors of a Miles Davis biopic to star Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle have been floating around for years. It first hit Cheadle’s own ears after the legendary trumpeter was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, when the actor’s name was floated by Miles’ son Erin and the trumpeter’s nephew Vince Wilburn Jr.

After his initial surprise, Cheadle immediately warmed to the idea. A saxophonist as a child, the actor first heard Miles in middle school when he would spin his parents’ Cannonball Adderley LPs to study the alto great’s technique. “That was my entrée into Miles Davis’ music,” says Cheadle, 49. “Then I started getting into his popular albums, and then the less popular ones, all the way to when he was at the end of the life and working with [hip-hop producer] Easy Mo Bee. He was always heading somewhere-that’s what I like about his music. It never feels like it’s static and stagnant, like he’s sitting still. It always feels like his music is trying to move forward.”

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