Don Cheadle has now solidified his position as a real player in Hollywood.
The 2005 Oscar nominee who just signed on to appear in the next "Iron Man" film, has just inked a two-year first-look deal with Overture pictures for his Cresendo Productions.
Overture and Crescendo collaborated on "Traitor," the government thriller that Cheadle starred in. And, Overture CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett, were running MGM/UA when it released "Hotel Rwanda," the film Cheadle earned a best actor nod for.
The two-year-old Overture has similar first-look deals with George Tillman and Robert Teitel's State Street Pictures and Philip Seymour Hoffman's Cooper's Town Prods.
Cheadle, who is also an activist using his profile to highlight the atrocities going on in Darfur, is a pretty busy guy overall these days. In addition to the Overture deal, he's also an executive producer on Starz' "Crash" series, has signed on to do the third "Iron Man" flick and is currently working on the script for the Miles Davis biopic that he will direct and star in. On screen he will next be seen in "Brooklyn's Finest," in which he plays a cop.
Crescendo has a Miles Davis biopic in development as well as "Marching Powder," a drug tale it is set to produce with Brad Pitt's Plan B. The shingle most recently produced the documentary "Darfur Now."