Miles Ahead — Trailer


added: Tue, Feb 2nd '16

Don Cheadle has plenty of "attitude." And he's not afraid to show it off in the new theatrical trailer for "Miles Ahead," Cheadle's long-held passion project about legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.

Along with making his feature directorial debut, Cheadle portrays the raspy-voiced troublemaker in this impressionistic, flashback-laden biopic that takes place in the 1970s, which was a difficult period in the musician's life as he was continuously fighting a myriad of personal demons that included a severe drug addiction, health problems, and a career slump.

Ewan McGregor also stars as a Rolling Stone journalist assigned to write an article about Miles' new "comeback" album. Though it starts off a little shaky, the interview gradually turns into a quasi-therapy session, in which Miles recounts his past achievements and successes before reminiscing about the girl who got away, Frances Taylor (played by Emayatzy Corinealdi).

Before playing at Sundance last week, "Miles Ahead" had premiered to mostly strong reviews in October at the 2015 New York Film Festival.

The film, which co-stars Michael Stuhlbarg and Lakeith Lee Stanfield, is now set to open in New York and Los Angeles on April 1st with other cities to follow.

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   April 1, 2016 (NY, LA); other cities to follow

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