The long-planned biopic of Miles Davis, with Don Cheadle playing the innovative trumpet player, is finally set in stone. BiFrost Pictures told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it will finance and produce the film, titled Kill the Trumpet Player, with Cheadle also making his directorial debut. Production will begin in June 2014. The production company said the movie will focus on when Davis temporarily retired from making music and then re-emerged in 1979. The script is also written by Cheadle along with Steven Baigelman.
Ewan McGregor will co-star as a Rolling Stone reporter, and Zoe Saldana will play Frances Davis, the trumpet player’s former wife. Davis collaborator Herbie Hancock will be involved in the production. Cheadle, 48, currently stars on Showtime’s series House of Lies. His other acting credits include Iron Man 3, Flight, Ocean’s Eleven and Hotel Rwanda. Davis died in 1991 at age 65.
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