Don Cheadle is one of the hardest working men in Hollywood, but also one of the most underrated actors in the game. While Cheadle is filming his new series House of Lies, the actor-turned director is also preparing for his role in an upcoming film about Mile Davis’ life. But don’t expect it to be a typical bio-pic. Cheadle, who will star and direct the film, says it’ll be gangster.

He explained:

“It’s not a cradle to grave story,” Cheadle told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s not a biopic, per se. It’s a gangster pic. It’s a movie Miles Davis would have wanted to star in.”

So what can viewers expect from the film?

The still untitled film is set in 1979, the year Davis retired from music citing burn out (and heavy drug usage). Apparently Cheadle’s film will mix history with fiction and present an unconventional look at the controversial jazz legend.

“Without throwing history away, we’re trying to shuffle it and make it more cubist,” Cheadle said.

Cheadle’s film isn’t the only Miles Davis biopic in the works. Another film by George Tillman Jr. (Notorious), based on a book my Davis’ son is also being made, but Cheadle isn’t phased.

“I don’t think anyone’s going to be making the kind of movie we’re making.”

And judging by Don Cheadle’s previous work, I’d have to agree.

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