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

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

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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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.


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


Good for emayatzi. She is a solid actress

Chris Banks

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


Hallelujah! There is a god!


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


Good choice.

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