First Photo: Don Cheadle Is “Miles Ahead”

The first photo is out of actor Don Cheadle as music legend Miles Davis in the upcoming biopic “Miles Ahead” which begins filming this week in Cincinnati. EW premiered the first photo from the film which has been in development for almost a decade.

The movie focuses on a single five year period in Davis’ life which saw him pull back from music and navigate a fraught relationship with first wife Frances Taylor Davis. Cheadle hopped onboard the film because it’s different to other films of the genre:

“I had done several other quote-unquote biopics and was always struck by the limitations they presented, because they were trying to be historically accurate. Let’s be honest, any biopic is a series of omissions and conflations of events and amalgamations of characters.

And you’re trying to have a movie experience under three hours, so in the process you condense people’s lives from cradle to grave, so things tend to feel episodic and event-oriented as opposed to a story about people and relationships and a character. So I didn’t want to do another biopic.

When I heard the idea, from various people who had played with him, producers, writers, that this could potentially be something, I thought, if the script is great I would be open to it since he’s always been a fascinating figure to me.'”