Don Cheadle makes first appearance as Miles Davis

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Don Cheadle, pictured below in character as Miles Davis, stated that he hopes to go beyond the boundaries of the typical biopic.

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first photo of the actor in character for "Miles Ahead," a biopic on the legendary trumpet player.

Before entering production on the feature this week in Cincinnati, Don Cheadle couldn't resist the temptation to unveil his interpretation of Miles Davis. In the visuals accompanying an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor-turned-filmmaker -- who will make his feature directing debut with "Miles Ahead" -- is seen wearing a long jheri-curled hairstyle and a flamboyant belt. A trumpet in his hand and a cigarette on his lips complete the look.

The feature is a long-gestating passion project for Cheadle, who turned to crowdfunding to finance its production. A fan of jazz, and particularly of Cannonball Adderly, which led him to discover Miles Davis, the actor told the magazine he wanted to avoid the trappings of the classic biopic, which attempt to "condense people's lives from cradle to grave."

Instead, the feature will focus on a period spanning just over two years in the life of the trumpet player, from 1979, when Davis withdrew from the music scene and struggled with a range of personal problems -- including marriage difficulties and drug and alcohol addiction -- to his big comeback in 1981. Notably, it was in that year that Cheadle first saw him perform on stage.

The feature will include plenty of flashbacks, and the action will be scored by Miles Davis's music, as the production has the approval of the musician's family.

The cast is rounded out by Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg (seen recently in "Boardwalk Empire") and Emayatzy Corinealdi.