Don Cheadle has signed on to play jazz legend Miles Davis in a new biopic he will also direct.
After Cheadle was spotted out with family members of the late musician at the launch of a new Davis art book in Los Angeles last week, BiFrost Pictures executives have announced that they will finance the new film “Kill The Trumpet Player” and work with Cheadle to finally material his vision.
The project is perfect for Don Cheadle, since the 48-year-old actor has been trying to get the project off the ground for several years. It also seems valid that he chose this project to be his directorial debut.
BiFrost revealed that the biopic, with a script written by Don and Steven Baigelman, focuses on the time Davis temporarily retired from making music and his 1979 comeback.
Ewan McGregor (as a Rolling Stone reporter) and Zoe Saldana (to play Davis’ wife Frances) were both cast in the film.
Production of “Kill The Trumpet Player” is scheduled to begin in June with Davis collaborator Herbie Hancock overseeing the production.
Miles Davis died in 1991 at the age of 65.
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