The Hollywood musician biopic bubble is threatening to surpass the booming comic book movie machine. The latest addition to this bullish market, which already has biopics of Freddie Mercury, Tupac and Elton John in the works, is jazz legend Miles Davis, set to be played by Don Cheadle.
The Huffington Post reports that Don Cheadle will play the jazz legend in a biopic that the actor has long been planning. BiFrost Pictures will both finance and produce Kill The Trumpet Player, with Cheadle set to make his directorial debut on the film, which begins production in June.
BiFrost said the film will focus on Davis’ temporary retirement from music and subsequent re-emergence in 1979, based on a script written by Cheadle and filmmaker Steven Baigelman, and will also star Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana.
McGregor will reportedly co-star as a Rolling Stone reporter, while Saldana will take on the role of Frances Davis, the trumpeter’s former wife. Also said to be involved in the production is jazz legend in his own right, Herbie Hancock.
(Via The Huffington Post)