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Don Cheadle has co-written the screenplay for -- and will make his directorial debut with -- the forthcoming Miles Ahead, a film that will eschew the typical biopic formula.

DownBeat caught up with Cheadle by phone in Cincinnati, where he was preparing to begin filming in early July.

Why did you decide not to do a traditional biopic but, instead, to focus on how Davis came out of his self-imposed silence?

Don Cheadle is using his celebrity muscle to make a movie about jazz icon Miles Davis. But he needs more cash for the project -- and has turned to crowdfunding website Indiegogo to make up the shortfall weeks before he makes his directorial debut shooting the relatively low-budget movie.

Considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, it is a surprising fact that no one has yet made a film picturizing the life of jazz legend Miles Davis.

Now, after years of negotiations and careful planning, Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle has taken the reins to make a film called Miles Ahead, a feature film about a specific five-year period in Davis’ life. Cheadle will direct the film and star as Miles Davis himself, alongside acclaimed actor Ewan McGregor.

For most jazz fans, it would be impossible to pick the key Miles Davis album, and that's no different for actor Don Cheadle. "I love Kind of Blue, but who doesn't?" the 49-year-old from Kansas says, "but then I love Circle in the Round, and the live albums such as Miles in Berlin and Miles in Tokyo. Then there are the bootleg albums. There is just so much great music from Miles."

Don Cheadle is about to embark on a new path, his directorial debut in the film, Miles Ahead, featuring a glimpse into the life of jazz musician or social musician as he liked to be called, Miles Davis. Along with investing his own funds, he is requesting the help and support of his fans along with Miles Davis' fans before the cameras roll through his Indiegogo campaign.

Don Cheadle‘s highly anticipated directorial debut in Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead is no longer a thing of fiction. Here is an exclusive clip at Okayplayer with the astute actor jabbing through some licks on the trumpet and with Erin Davis (son) and Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew) in a cooled-out discourse.

Miles At The Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 has been named top Historical Album in the 62nd Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll!

Actor Don Cheadle has filmed movies around the world, so he's not totally surprised to be preparing to shoot his Miles Davis feature in Cincinnati.

"You have architecture and the look here that can approximate the era that we're shooting in Manhattan, which Manhattan doesn't really have a lot of anymore," said Cheadle in the Miles Ahead Downtown production office.

Don Cheadle recently launched an Indiegogo campaign for his long-in-development Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, seeking to raise $325,000 towards the film's overall budget of under $10 million by July 6 to support the principal photography for the feature length film when it goes into production later this summer.

Artistically unpredictable and personally mercurial, jazz genius and American icon Miles Davis lived an impossible-to-pin-down life. For years, it seemed the same was true about Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle's long-in-the-works biopic. Now though, the project is locking into a steady groove. Cheadle, who will direct the film, and his collaborators, which include Davis' nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr. and musical giant Herbie Hancock, recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funding for the effort.

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