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Miles Davis Died Today... Who'll Get To Play Him First On Film? Don Cheadle Or Snoop Dogg?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 28, 2011 at 3:26AM

Today in history... September 28, 1991... Jazz legend Miles Davis died at age 65.
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Today in history... September 28, 1991... Jazz legend Miles Davis died at age 65.

I think many will find it odd that we still haven't seen a proper biopic on the man. We've been tracking 1 particular project that's been in the works for awhile now; I'm referring to that which Don Cheadle has been talking about making for some time. Last we checked, back in July, Cheadle promised that it was still very much in the works, and he had received some studio interest, though nothing definite.

He has also said that we shouldn't expect a traditional biopic, but rather... "It's more my take, as an artist, on what his music has meant. With wall-to-wall truth but not really much concerned about facts"... and... “Miles Davis is a beloved artist... But not to the degree that a 17-year old would know who he is. Unfortunately, people don’t know the seeds. In my attempt to tell the story, I’m not trying to do some reverential all-of-us-bow-down-to-Miles-the-icon. I’m trying to present him as a man. I’m trying to make a movie that Miles Davis would want to make."

The script is reportedly done! I know one of our readers has seen it, and she says it's effing dope, though she refuses to allow me to read it, fearing for her life, she says; she knows who she is.

In related news, earlier this year, Snoop Dogg also expressed his desire to play Miles Davis on the big screen. No, really. He did :)

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