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Don Cheadle is finally making his Miles Davis movie

A long-gestating passion project is finally coming to fruition for Don Cheadle, as he will at long last direct and star in a film about jazz legend Miles Davis, which has been in the works since at least 2007. Cheadle stresses that Kill The Trumpet Player will not be a typical biopic, saying it "won't try to give a broad overview of Davis' life and give short shrift to this man's story." Instead, it will focus on an eventful few days at the end of Davis' silent period in the late 1970s, during which he conspired with a Rolling Stone writer to "steal back his music." Ewan McGregor will play that writer, while Zoe Saldana will play Frances Davis, the trumpeter's ex-wife.

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