One woman plays the wife of Miles Davis in the new bio-pic film “Miles Ahead,” and the other woman knows first-hand what the role was really like for nearly 10 years. Actress Emayatzy Corinealdi and Frances Davis took a moment to chat with Amber about their thoughts on the new film and how their relationship with each other grew because of it.
ABOUT “MILES AHEAD”:
Frances Taylor was married to music icon Miles Davis from 1958-1968 and is known to be his muse. It was during this period that he released several of his signature recordings including the groundbreaking “Sketches of Spain” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.” Their romance and marriage is featured in the Don Cheadle film Miles Ahead, available on Blu-ray®, DVD and digital July 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Oscar® nominee Don Cheadle 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 as wily music reporter Dave Braden and Emayatzy Corinealdi as Davis’ wife Frances Taylor Davis. Sony Pictures Classics’ MILES AHEAD, debuts on Blu-ray®, DVD and digital July 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past.
Davis’ mercurial behavior is fueled by memories of his failed marriage to the talented and beautiful dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). During their romance and subsequent marriage, Frances served as Davis’ muse. It was during this period that he released several of his signature recordings including the groundbreaking “Sketches of Spain” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.”
The idyll however, was short lived. The eight-year marriage was marked by infidelity and abuse, and Frances was forced to flee for her own safety as Miles’ mental and physical health deteriorated.