Don Cheadle is Miles Davis in trailer for new biopic film ‘Miles Ahead’ – watch

Ewan McGregor-starring movie will be released in April 1

The life of jazz legend Miles Davis is explored in new film biopic Miles Ahead, directed by and starring Don Cheadle, with the first trailer for the movie revealed today.

The film focuses on a period of the Davis’ life in the ’70s when he took a break from music. Cheadle is backed by a cast including Ewan McGregor as Rolling Stone writer Dave Brill and American actress Emayatzy Corinealdi as Davis’ wife Frances Taylor.

Miles Ahead, named after a 1957 Davis record, will be released on April 1. Scroll below to watch the trailer.

Cheadle has said of the film: “Miles was many things… a supreme artist and a national treasure but also an enigma to those around him, especially during his so-called quiet period.”

“With the family’s blessing and Miles’ tenets on creativity as our guide, we used these cloistered years as a jumping off point to compose the story of a self-exiled artist creating his own ‘centrifugal adventure’ to spin himself back into playing music again”.

Last year, Sony mistakenly called trumpet player Davis an “iconic singer” in a press release for the film, leading to much criticism and chagrin.