Miles Ahead — Sneak Peek Clip: 'Let's Be Musical'


added: Thu, Oct 8th '15

With the world premiere scheduled for this weekend at the New York Film Festival, a sneak peek clip from "Miles Ahead," Don Cheadle's long-awaited passion project about Jazz legend Miles Davis, has been released online. The clip offers the first look at Cheadle as the legendary trumpeter, who is seen in a recording session with famed jazz pianist Gil Evans (Jeffrey Grover) with whom Davis collaborated extensively throughout his career.

The film, in which Cheadle was attached to the project for several years -- and was partially funded by fan donations via Indiegogo, follows the life of Miles Davis as he reflects on his own past during an interview with sheisty reporter Dave Brill, (played by Ewan McGregor), who helped Davis retrieve a stolen recording from the musician's home during the late 70's.

Marking the feature directing debut of Cheadle, who also co-wrote the screenplay, "Miles Ahead" also stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Lakeith Lee Stanfield. Sony Classics hasn't yet announced an official release date for the film.

In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past.

A wily music reporter, Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis' house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician's latest compositions. Davis' mercurial behavior is fueled by memories of his failed marriage to the talented and beautiful dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). During their romance and subsequent marriage, Frances served as Davis' muse. It was during this period that he released several of his signature recordings including the groundbreaking "Sketches of Spain" and "Someday My Prince Will Come."

The idyll however, was short lived. The eight-year marriage was marked by infidelity and abuse, and Frances was forced to flee for her own safety as Miles' mental and physical health deteriorated.

By the late '70s, plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.


directed by   Don Cheadle

starring   Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Jeffrey Grover

release date   2016

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