CULVER CITY, Calif. – Oscar nominee Don Cheadle (Best Actor, Hotel Rwanda, 2004) makes his bravura feature film directorial debut and stars in the critically-acclaimed MILES AHEAD, in which he gives a career defining performance as music legend Miles Davis. Inspired by events in his life,MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses. Based on a script co-written by Cheadle and Steven Baigelman, the film also stars Ewan McGregor (Star Wars franchise, The Impossible) as wily music reporter Dave Braden and Emayatzy Corinealdi (TV’s “Hand of God,” Middle of Nowhere) as Davis’ wife Frances Taylor. Sony Pictures Classics’ MILES AHEAD, debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and digital July 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of MILES AHEAD come loaded with bonus material, including commentary with Don Cheadle and co-writer Steven Baigelman, the featurette “The Truth: Becoming Miles Davis” with Don Cheadle, members of the Davis family and others discussing Don’s incredible transformation and the enduring legacy of the man on which the film is based; a Sundance Film Festival Q&A with Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi and LaKeith Lee Stanfield sharing their insights on the project at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining exploration of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. In the midst of a prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz, which Davis referred to as “Social Music,” he virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications. Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor), a wily music reporter, forces his way into Davis’ life and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions. Plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.
Directed by Don Cheadle and co-written by Cheadle and Steven Baigelman, MILES AHEAD was produced by Darryl Porter, Vince Wilburn, Jr., Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum, Don Cheadle, Pamela Hirsch and Lenore Zerman; with Mark Amin, Steven Baigelman, Cheryl Davis, Erin Davis, Robert Lewis serving as executive producers.
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Bonus Materials Include:
- Commentary with Director Don Cheadle and Co-writer Steven Baigelman
- Featurette – “The Truth: Becoming Miles Davis”
- 2016 Sundance Film Festival Q & A with Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi and LaKeith Lee Stanfield
* Commentary available digitally on iTunes only.