Miles Davis biopic film to premiere at New York Film Festival

The film is the directorial debut of actor Don Cheadle

Miles Ahead, a new biopic focussing on the life of jazz legend Miles Davis will air at the New York Film Festival later this year.

The 53rd New York Film Festival will be hosted at The Lincoln Centre in the US city, closing with the directorial debut of actor and eight-time Emmy award winner Don Cheadle.

The film follows the life of pioneering jazz musician Davis, focusing on a period of the artist’s life in the ’70s when he took a break from music. The trumpeter will be played by Cheadle himself, backed by a cast including Ewan McGregor.

Speaking in 2012, Cheadle told the Wall Street Journal that he was “trying to shuffle” the story of Davis’ life and “make it more cubist”.

New York Film Festival runs from September 25 – October 11.


Miles Davis passed away in 1991, later being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. His 1959 album ‘Kind of Blue’ has sold at least four million copies in the US since its original release.