Zoe Saldana and Ewan McGregor have joined Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic Kill the Trumpet Player.
The long-awaited film centers on a few dangerous days in the life of Davis, played by Cheadle, as he bursts out of his silent period and conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (McGregor) to steal back his music. Saldana will play Frances Davis, Miles' former wife. Cheadle will helm the film, making it his directorial debut.
"Don is one of our generation's greatest actors, and this is the role he was born to play. His take on the conventional biopic of one of music's most celebrated icons is cinematic 'jazz' and too unique to resist," says producer Daniel Wagner.
The Oscar-winning actor recently dismissed the notion that Kill the Trumpet Player will be a traditional biopic.
"Let's kill that term, OK? I hope with this film we can kill the biopic. This film won't try to give a broad overview of Davis' life and give short shrift to this man's story," he said. "For us as creative people, the time of his life that was most interesting was the five years when he wasn't playing, when he was silent. What was going on in his mind? And how did he come out of it and return to music?"
Saldana, of course, recently wrapped production on Nina, in which she plays iconic singer Nina Simone. Her casting caused a stir among fans of the late jazz singer, with many vowing to boycott the film as a result.
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