Almost 2 weeks after surpassing the $325,000 goal he set for his now-ended Miles Davis project Indiegogo campaign, raising over $343,000 in the end, principal photography is underway on “Miles Ahead” in Cincinnati, OH, as I type this. And I must say, being able to write those words puts a smile on my face, because this is a project we’ve been tracking for years now, and I’m just glad that it’s finally getting made, after a lengthy financing struggle.
From the set, here are a hand full of photos of the production team in actor – specifically, shots of Don Cheadle (the star and director) both in front of and behind the camera, and Ewan McGregor, filming scenes of the “Miles Ahead” movie – Cheadle, dressed as jazz icon Miles Davis, and McGregor, playing a long-haired Rolling Stone reporter, hopping out of a Jaguar, in front of the Cincinnati Bell building at 209 W. Seventh St., which, in the film, will represent CBS headquarters in New York in 1979.
“Don has a wig, but Ewan has his own long hair. He grew it out for the part,” explained Dan Wagner, a producer of the film.
Cheadle makes his directorial debut with “Miles Ahead,” which is set in 1979 New York, when Davis was ending his 5-year “quiet period” out of the public eye. In the script, co-written by Cheadle, Davis recruits reporter Dave Brill (McGregor) to retrieve a recording stolen from the musician’s home.
The “Miles Ahead” cast includes Emayatzy Corinealdi as Davis’ former wife Frances Taylor; Keith Lee Stanfield, Austin Lyon and Morgan Wolk.
Most of the movie is set in 1979, when Davis and journalist Brill track down the stolen recording, with flashbacks to Davis’s affair with Frances from 1956 to 1966.
“Miles Ahead” will be filmed in about 25 Cincinnati locations through August for at least 6 weeks.
Photos from the set embedded within this article…