Trailer Spotlight: Miles Ahead

Miles Davis is the epitome of cool. There is an entire generation of people that may have never heard a single note from the music legend, but they know he’s cool based on the numerous pop culture references that vaguely allude the style of Miles Davis. His life story is veiled in rumor and has had little coverage in the world of film. At least that was the case until now. Don Cheadle has decided to enter into the world of directing and has an ambitious first project in mind. Miles Ahead has officially dropped its first feature trailer, and it is franticly spectacular. Cheadle not only is directing but is starring as Davis in the film, which is even more ambitious given this is his directorial debut. The trailer looks pretty great, and give a look at the enigmatic jazz star that we are unlikely to see again.

Check out the trailer!

Cheadle’s take on the iconic musician is frantic, and eccentric, but looks quite interesting. Only time will tell how this will all come together on screen and how everything will flow, but the trailer does look promising, and Cheadle is an immensely talented individual. The film is set to release on April 1st so it does not appear to be an awards bait film, so the jury is still out, but color us excited either way.

Here’s the official synopsis from Sony Pictures.

MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining and moving exploration of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle’s bravura directorial debut is not a conventional bio-pic but rather a unique, no-holds barred portrait of a singular artist in crisis.

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.

So what do you guys think of the trailer for Miles Ahead? Are you excited for the movie? Drop a comment and let us know what you think.