Miles Davis Biopic: Don Cheadle Set to Expand Career Profile
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Actor Don Cheadle (Image: File)

According to the Associated Press, actor Don Cheadle is going to see a years-long dream finally come true, playing Miles Davis in a biopic about a pivotal period in the iconic musician’s life and making his directorial debut.

BiFrost Pictures is set to finance and produce “Kill the Trumpet Player,” with production set to begin in June 2014.

With a script written by Cheadle and Steven Baigelman, the film is not set to be a traditional biopic, but it will focus on when Davis temporarily retired from the music industry only to re-emerged in the late ’70s.

Joining the cast will be Ewan McGregor, who will appear as a Rolling Stone reporter, and Zoe Saldana, who will play ex-wife Frances Davis.

Davis’ family as well as longtime friend and collaborator Herbie Hancock will be part of the project as well.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.