When Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a decade ago, his nephew Vince Wilburn told reporters that the only actor who could play his deceased uncle in a film would be Don Cheadle. Fortunately, that’s exactly what happened, and now Miles Ahead will hit theaters around the country on Apr. 1.
Cheadle also directs the film, which had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival last October. Miles Ahead focuses on the famed jazz trumpeter’s period of inactivity in 1979, when drug addiction had all but killed his musical career. With Rolling Stone journalist Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) tagging along, Davis has to use any means necessary to recover a stolen recording of his studio comeback. Punches are thrown, guns are fired, and Davis gets pretty mad—yet the entire time, he seems like the coolest cat ever to prowl the earth. That’s a testament to Cheadle’s soul-embodying performance.