Famous friends give Cheadle the "Blues"

George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh will produce "Ocean Eleven" buddy Don Cheadle’s directorial debut. "Tishomingo Blues", based on the book by Elmore Leonard, is about a high diver working for a Mississippi casino who witnesses a mob murder from 80 feet in the air. Things get complicated when a con artist-turned-drug runner, a corrupt sheriff, an honest policeman and a reenactment of a famous Civil War battle intrude upon the precedings. Variety says Cheadle will take a role in the film.