Don Cheadle to Play Miles Davis in new Biopic

This year, which would have seen him celebrate his 90th birthday, will see the release of the eagerly anticipated Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead.”

Don Cheadle, who co-wrote, directed and starred in the film, participated in a panel — which moderator Felix Contreras called more of a “jam session” — about the making of the film and the jazz icon’s legacy at South by Southwest on Thursday afternoon.

Joining the actor were jazz pianist Robert Glasper, who scored the movie, musician Keyon Harold, who was Cheadle’s trumpter stand-in, sound designer Skip Lievsay, Davis’s son Ernie Davis and his nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr.

Cheadle, who first pitched the film to the family only intending to star in it.

“Miles Ahead” arrives in theaters April 1.

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