After a long period of development hell, it looks like jazz legend Miles Davis is finally on his way to the silver screen, and it looks like we've found the guy to do it. Kill the Trumpet Player, the biography on the life of the jazz giant, has cast its Miles Davis.
Don Cheadle, who has been attached to the project for years now, has officially been announced today as the leading actor for the film, as the Associated Press announced today. BiFrost Pictures is set to finance and distribute the film, with Cheadle both starring in and directing the film. Cheadle also wrote the script (with the help of Steven Baigelman), which is said to examine the musician's re-introduction to the music scene in 1979 after briefly retiring from the business.When I was a young kid, my dad would always play me the works of some of the jazz greats, like Coltrane, Gillespie, Monk, Parker, and especially Davis. To finally see Davis's story told on the big screen, especially by an actor as vastly talented as Cheadle, would be a great way to look back at my earlier childhood experience with this great music. Cheadle sounds like the perfect choice for me.
Ewan McGregor is also attached to the project as a reporter for Rolling Stone. No release date has been set, but production is expected to begin around June.