Cheadle intends to star in and make his directorial debut on "Miles Ahead," a movie about the iconic jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer Miles Davis, and has launched a campaign on Indiegogo to raise $325,000 to do so.
"Miles Davis was not a typical jazz musician," Cheadle says in a video pitch. "He preferred that his work be referred to as 'social music,' the music of its time. And in keeping with spirit, I think it's only befitting that the making of this movie be a social experience."
The film, which has been a passion project of Cheadle's for years, is to recount a tumultuous few days when Davis returned to recording and performing after a retreat from the public eye in the mid-'70s when he battled drug addiction.
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