Don Cheadle is re-teaming with his ‘Miles Ahead’ scribe Steven Baigelman as he plans to star in and produce the adaptation of Shane White’s biography ‘Prince of Darkness.’
Don Cheadle has acquired the film and TV rights to Prince of Darkness by Shane White, with plans to adapt the 2015 book as a starring vehicle. After his portrayal of jazz legend Miles Davis in Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle is moving on to another important figure in Black American history for his next film project.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Steven Baigelman, who worked with Cheadle on the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, is reteaming with the actor and will pen the script for the drama. Cheadle will produce and star. Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire sheds light on the obscure story of Hamilton, who was mentioned in an obituary for Cornelius Vanderbilt as the tycoon’s true rival. White’s book details the rise of Hamilton as he is chased out of Haiti and becomes a broker and land agent in 19th century New York, his success prickling both white and black society.
Jeremiah G. Hamilton broke many taboos of the times, including marrying a white woman and owning stock in rail companies on whose trains he wasn’t legally allowed to ride. When Hamilton died, obits at the time called him the richest black man in America. The story of Jeremiah Hamilton’s life is an obscure one. Not much is known about him other than his business acumen and wealth, some legends about his counterfeiting adventures in Haiti, and the fact that he was married to a white woman which is extremely taboo for the time period. But specificity and context is severely missing from his intriguing story.
The book has been awarded the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic’s best book prize and the 2016 New York City Book Award. Don Cheadle is best known for playing hero James Rhodes, aka War Machine, in the Marvel Iron Man and Captain America movies. He also is the Golden Globe-winning star of House of Lies, which ran five seasons on Showtime. This will definitely be an interesting movie to see, and Cheadle does very well with bringing characters to life. My most favorite movie until this day happens to be his role in Hotel Rwanda. He is a great actor so we know this will be yet another great movie that he will tackle this year!