Miles Davis is one of the most iconic music sensations of the 20th century. It’s no surprise that people are clamoring to see his story on the big screen. Many people wonder who would have the acting chops to play such a storied and iconic figure. The truth is that there are only a few actors who may be up to the task. It is important to identify who would bring the most dignity to the part. The following list of actors are more than capable for showcasing the genius of Davis. Each of them are able to bring the spirit and soul that was epitomized by Davis’s many classical hits.
5. Donald Glover
This star of “Atlanta” would be a great option for bringing the authentic look and feel of Davis. Glover is a talented musician in his own right, rapping under the pseudonym Childish Gambino. Though it may seem like their styles don’t compare, Glover often works jazz themes into his own music. This is just one of the many reasons that he would make a great fit as Miles Davis. Secondly, Glover has a wide range and artistic capabilities that surpass many other musicians. There is no doubt that he would be at home playing the instruments himself. This is the type of dedication that is critical to getting the role right. He is also able to transition from serious to funny tones. He has perfected his comedy skills doing standup, while retaining the ability to relate to the audience in a variety of ways. This would be a perfect match for everyone.
4. Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy is one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood. It only makes sense that he would play one of the most iconic musicians of all time. Like Glover, Murphy has some musical talents of his own. This means that he would be able to bring the soul to the audience, an important factor for anyone playing Davis. Murphy is also a veteran of the movie business whose presence would translate well on-screen. It is undeniable that Murphy has one of the most prolific filmographies in the industry. He has played everything from a boxer to a prince, there is nothing that he can’t tackle. Given his roles like the Nutty Professor, altering his look wouldn’t be a problem either. Eddie Murphy is one of the greatest talents out there, so people are very excited about the possibility of him being involved in a potential movie. Only time will tell if this comes to fruition.
3. Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes is best known for his roles in the Blade series. Though he has a tough-guy persona, he actually has a wide acting range that would come in handy for the role. Davis grew up in a time where it was very difficult for African Americans to get a break. Snipes could channel his stoic tendencies to make this dynamic more real. It seems that Snipes does not get enough credibility for his range as an actor. The opportunity to play Davis could change this. Thankfully Hollywood is warming up to Snipes again. He had been typecast in the past and unable to find much work until recently. There are even rumors that he will be appearing in the new Blade reboot. This could go a long way in making a new audience more acquainted with his skills. It would also perfectly set the stage to tell Davis’s story. It is always nice to see Snipes on the big screen.
2. Idris Elba
Many people might not believe that British actor Idris Elba would be capable of playing an American. However, people are surprised to learn that Elba is more than capable of adapting to nearly any role. He was named the sexiest man alive in 2013 by People magazine, so he definitely has a look that packs the theater. He would be a big draw for the British audience as well, given how popular he has become in Hollywood. There has also been much talk about him playing other iconic figures. The rumors have been swirling non-stop that he would be cast as the next James Bond. It is not clear whether this will happen or not, but it shows how eager people are to throw out Elba’s name for iconic roles. It is clear that Elba would make a great Miles Davis. He has the versatility and tenacity to get the job done. Everyone enjoys watching Elba’s latest transformation.
1. Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker is a fan favorite for the Rush Hour series, in which he starred alongside Jackie Chan. Many people picture Tucker as a comedic actor. However, he has long proven that his acting skills are on par with anyone else in the industry. There have been whispers that he is having a hard time finding work in Hollywood these days, but that’s only because the right role hasn’t come around. In the meantime, Tucker has taken up a handful of different opportunities. He hosts his own golf tournament that benefits charity. It is clear that Hollywood needs to remake Chris Tucker the star that he is. Being away from the movie industry has allowed him to put his focus on philanthropic causes. This is a good thing, but he still has many fans that are clamoring to have him back in the industry. If the story of Miles Davis gets told, then Tucker needs to be a top consideration.
It’s hard to go wrong with any of the above listed actors. Each of them would show tireless dedication to playing Davis in a movie about his life. It is also a story that needs to be told. Davis had to overcome many hardships to turn into the star that he did. By seeing his life story, we could all gain a greater appreciation for what we have.