Punching a Rolling Stone journalist played by Ewan McGregor, firing guns in record-label offices and playing the women like his trumpet, Don Cheadle is a bona fide badass as Miles Davis in the new biopic Miles Ahead.
The movie, Cheadle's directorial debut, is getting buzz after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month and will open April 1 in New York and Los Angeles.
Entertainment Weekly rolled out the trailer, which shows Cheadle portraying Davis raging against the music industry and anyone else who gets in his way (one of those people is dancer and love interest Frances Taylor, played by Emayatzy Corinealdi), with whom he gets in a physical dispute).
"If you're gonna tell a story come with some attitude, man," Cheadle's raspy Davis voice says opening the trailer. According to EW, Cheadle uses flashbacks and elements of surrealism in a nonlinear structure to tell Davis' story. One example is when Davis goes to a boxing match to beat up the record executive in charge of his latest album; when gun shots start ringing out, so too does the wailing trumpet of an older, more mature Davis from the boxing ring.
A gem of a line closes out the brief trailer: "Don't call it 'jazz; that's some made up word. Call it 'social music.'"
Watch the trailer in full below and witness Cheadle's "cool."