Music has always been one of my passions. Since 6th grade, when I started listening to my parents’ Miles Davis records, his artistry has been an inspiration to me; he was someone who only ever followed a path as a runway to create a new one.
Surprisingly, Miles’ life, his passion, his creativity, his fire have never been brought to life in a film and the fact that his family has chosen me to do this now is an honor.
I want to tell a story that Miles himself would have wanted to see, something hip, cool, alive and AHEAD.
I’ve taken my marching orders from Miles’ mandates (“Play what’s not there.” “Fear no mistakes. There are none.”) and focused in on a very specific point in his life to explore his relationship with his muse, his voice, his fears and challenges to come out of his silent period and return to the music. I’m hopefully making a movie that tells a story many people can relate to, jazz fan or not.
MILES AHEAD is not just about the music. It’s about what we all face at one time or another in our lives; questions about who we really are, what we have to say and how will we say it. How will we ultimately be defined and who gets to say so?
Speaking of defining, in Miles’ illustrious career, he played everything from show tunes to acid rock. That’s why he rejected the term “jazz” and preferred to have his work defined as “social music.”
- Don Cheadle as Miles Davis
- Emayatzy Corinealdi as Frances Taylor
- Ewan McGregor as Dave Braden
- Michael Stuhlbarg
- Keith Stanfield as Junior
- Austin Lyon as Justin
- Jeffrey Grover as Gil Evans
- Joshua Jessen as Bill Evans
- Theron Brown as Herbie Hancock
- JT Thigpen as Paul Chambers
- David Kettlehake
- Derek Snow as Harold Lovett, Miles’ lawyer
- Jon “Swing” McHale as himself
MILES AHEAD TRAILER
MILES AHEAD CLIP #1
MILES AHEAD CLIP #2
MILES DAVIS & GIL EVANS – MILES AHEAD ( Lp originally released in 1957)