Don Cheadle as Miles Davis
Don Cheadle plays the legendary jazz musician Miles Davis (Sony Pictures Classic)

A new trailer has dropped for the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, and now we’re getting a great look at Don Cheadle playing the trumpet master.

Cheadle had an inkling he was going to play Davis since ten years ago, when Davis was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At the time, Davis’ nephew, Vince Wilburn, declared that Cheadle was the one he wanted to play Davis on the film screen if his uncle’s legacy was ever a movie.

”I had not been reaching out for this role in any way, shape or form,” Cheadle recalled. “There was a pronouncement made, I guess — a proclamation — that I was going to play his uncle in a movie.”

Cheadle, who is also making his directorial debut with the biopic, has opted out of the usual method of biopic storytelling, instead focusing on just one period in Davis’ life: 1979. At that time, a reporter, played by Ewan McGregor, intrudes on his privacy but ends up becoming his partner in crime as they rush to track down a valuable tape of Davis’ session music.

It’s an explosive story, one that features a misbehaving, fighting, gun-toting Davis, but as Davis himself says in the trailer, “If you’re going to tell the story, come with some attitude, man.”

Watch a full movie clip of the Miles Ahead film