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Emayatzy Corinealdi in Talks to Replace Exiting Zoe Saldana in Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Project

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 24, 2014 9:16 PM
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Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Middle of Nowhere") is in negotiations to play the female lead in Don Cheadle's Miles Davis project, titled "Miles Ahead," to replace Zoe Saldana, who had long been attached to the film, but had to detach due to scheduling conflicts.

Corinealdi, assuming an agreement is reached, will play Frances Taylor, Miles Davis' first wife - a 1958 marriage that lasted 10 years.

In the film, after his record label steals his comeback album before he’s ready for it to be heard, Miles Davis (played by Cheadle, who's also directing) hunts it down with the help of a music journalist (played by Ewan McGregor).  

"Miles Ahead" is seeking to raise $325,000 on Indiegogo by July 6 to support the principal photography for the feature length film when it goes into production later this summer. Among the pledge prizes are rare Miles Davis posters, limited edition Miles Davis artwork, pre-theatrical screening links, a coffee table book of Miles' artwork signed by Don Cheadle, as well as set visits and access to screenings.

Thus far, the project's Indiegogo campaign has raised $155,456 of its $325,000 goal, with 16 days left until it ends. To contribute, click here.

Corinealdi can next be seen in BET Networks' original movie, "Gun Hill," which stars Larenz Tate, premiering on Wednesday, July 2, at 9pm ET/PT. After that, she'll appear in Lionsgate's film adaptation of erotic fiction writer Zane's popular novel "Addicted," which is set for an October 10, 2014 theatrical release.

Cheadle is producing the film through his Crescendo Productions banner, along with Bifrost's Daniel Wagner, and Robert Ogden Barnum. Also producing are Darryl Porter and Vince Wilburn on behalf of the Davis estate, Lenore Zerman and Pam Hirsch.  

And if you haven't yet read our interview with Don Cheadle about the project, you should. He fills in several blanks that you'll appreciate, if it's a film you're excited about. Read it here.

The news was first reported by Deadline.

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12 Comments

  • @JayTeeDee | June 25, 2014 12:02 PMReply

    No shade to Zoe but she's been the go to Black girl for a lot of movies this past year and that's cool and all but it's about time that another young Black actress got some shine and Emayatzy is a fantastic actress.

  • Nadine | June 26, 2014 5:44 AM

    I can't help but find it a bit hypocritical that no one seems to care about the fact that Emayatzy looks nothing like Frances Taylor while ppl complained about Zoe even though she does look like her and they're the same complexion and she's a dancer even. It seems that as long as the actress meets our taste we all don't care so much about them looking the part or not.

  • Nadine | June 26, 2014 5:35 AM

    do you say the same thing about Will Smith or Morman Freeman? How is that as soon as a black girl gets more than one role people call her the go black actress? I don't see Zoe getting all these roles especially not as a black woman. Most of her roles seem to be characters that we know they would give to white actresses (Gamora, Neytiri where she's painted in blue and green anyway) There are people like Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman that are literally everywhere and no one complains or say they should quit acting to give the chance to other girls but you gonna label a woman of color as 'the go black' actress and say she should step aside and leave the chance to other women as soon as she does have a career that has any resemblance as such. There must always be only one.

  • nad | June 25, 2014 3:58 AMReply

    Well, there is no lie in saying that Zoe Saldana looks the part more and she is a dancer too so she could pull this off. Emayatzy is pretty too though and with the right make up she could def play Frances

  • Beemooree | June 24, 2014 11:54 PMReply

    Good for emayatzi. She is a solid actress

  • Chris Banks | June 24, 2014 11:07 PMReply

    This is fantastic for this young lady. I was once sitting next to her in a lobby for the Hollywood Black Film Festival in 2007. Congratulations Ms. Corenealdi

  • stp | June 24, 2014 9:48 PMReply

    Hallelujah! There is a god!

  • Fiona | June 25, 2014 9:55 AM

    Agree

  • Ace | June 24, 2014 9:37 PMReply

    Hold up. She's not the same color as Frances Taylor, right? (sarcasm)

  • nad | June 25, 2014 4:02 AM

    She's darker than Frances and doesn't look like her at all but she's not a latina a not popular so some AA won't care, you know that the resemblance thing is selectively valid on some actresses

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 24, 2014 9:29 PMReply

    Good choice.

  • Trisha | June 25, 2014 10:50 AM

    Zoe Saldana is an Afro-Latina I didn't care about her playing Frances. Most Latinos have some African ancestry, even John Leguizamo talked about his black grandmother. I didn't care about Zoe playing Nina Simone, either. I don't think they needed to change her features or darken her skin, though. Just like Denzel Washington didn't change his to play Malcolm X. Zoe is already identifiable as a black woman, based on her facial features and skin color.

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