Don Cheadle’s directorial debut, Miles Ahead, is set to make its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sunday, and now, Yahoo! Movies has the first clip of Cheadle as jazz icon Miles Davis.
Miles Ahead finds Davis having largely disappeared from public life in the late 1970s, reflecting on his career and his failed marriage with Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). Ewan McGregor stars as a reporter who helps him hatch a plan to get back his stolen music.
Cheadle, a longtime fan, was the first choice to play the musician for Davis’ family, and he learned to play the trumpet for the role.
“I wasn’t interested in [making a biopic], and I’m not interested by all the things that a traditional biopic does,” Cheadle told EW last year. “I want to tell a hot story that’s full of his music that feels impressionistic in that it finds a way to incorporate all his musical styles and influences and ideas. It needs to feel like his approach: ‘I don’t care about what happened before. I’m about what’s happening now and about what’s happening next.’ That’s Miles’ marching orders to me.”