AceShowbiz - The first trailer for "Miles Ahead" starring Don Cheadle has been released for viewing pleasure. Arriving online on Tuesday, February 2, the approximately 2-minute video gives a closer look at Don's character as an aggressive jazz genius who punches faces and got his gun off to get what he wanted.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Don, who made his directorial debut through "Miles Ahead", won the role of Miles Davis even before he knew he was being considered. "I had not been reaching out for this role in any way, shape or form. There was a pronouncement made, I guess - a proclamation - that I was going to play his uncle in a movie."
Don said of Miles David, "He was someone that my parents listened to. The music was in the house since I can remember, but I think at 10, when I started actually playing music, playing sax, is probably when I started paying more close attention to the kind of music and the construction of the music and the composition and all of those aspects of it."
When asked if Miles Davis' story was the one he wanted to direct, Don replied, "No, and when it first came to me, it was just something for me to act in. When I met with [Miles'] family, I told them I wanted to do something that wasn't like I had seen before, and I had a take on the movie, that if I was going to play him, that it had to be as creative and different, that if it wasn't as aspirational as he was, then I wasn't really that interested."
"And before I got to my house after that meeting, it kind of came to me that that would be hard for anyone else possibly to see it the same way that I was seeing it, so if I was going to do it, I'd probably have to direct it," he continued, "And as I was calling them, they were kind of calling me to say the same thing."
Written by Steven Baigelman and Cheadle, "Miles Ahead" also stars Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Keith Stanfield. The movie will get a limited theatrical release on April 1.