Casting Call: Miles Davis

In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

Don Cheadle said some strange things late last week about his planned film about legendary jazz musician, Miles Davis. According to Cheadle, his film is “not a biopic, per se” but a  “gangster pic.” The film will also forgo the traditional life-spanning biopic model and focus instead on Davis’ life in the late ’70s, a period marked more by his health and drug problems than his musical output. While some have expressed their confusion at Cheadle’s statements, we are quite excited about this unexpected twist on an otherwise tired formula. Don’t get us wrong, Walk the Line, Ray and Dreamgirls were great, but they made for some pretty predictable awards ceremonies. To express our support for Cheadle’s “cubist” look at Miles Davis’ life, and to hasten its development, we have decided to help Cheadle cast his film.

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