No, not Dracula, but Don Cheadle has signed up to star in and produce Prince Of Darkness, a biopic of the 19th century black millionaire, Jeremiah G Hamilton.
And it looks like he’ll be re-united with his writing partner from his Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead. Steven Baigelman looks set to adapt Shane White’s pithily titled book Prince Of Darkness: The Story of Jeremiah G Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire.
At the time of his death, Hamilton was often referred to as the richest black man in America. White’s book depicts him as a larger-than-life character who defied convention and amassed a fortune of $2 million. He operated extensively in the white business world and married a white woman, as well as purchasing a mansion in rural New Jersey and owning railroad stock. Stock for trains that, as a black man, he was not allowed to ride.
One of the most recognisable faces on the screen since the mid-1990s, Cheadle’s filmography includes Traffic, the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, Crash and an Oscar nominated role in Hotel Rwanda. He also directed, produced and starred in Miles Ahead. His latest appearance, in documentary Kevin Hart: What Now?, debuted on Netflix this week.