Netflix has released the High Flying Bird trailer. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), the film takes place during a pro basketball lockout and has a sports agent (André Holland) trying to pull off a daring plan to wrest control away from the league and invest it into the players.
While some people are looking for the standard beats of a sports movie, as I’ve grown older, I’ve liked these behind-the-scenes stories like Moneyball and Draft Day where the business of sports is used for drama. Although this trailer makes the subject matter appear a bit dense (it feels like its constantly dancing around the agent’s big plan), I’m still on board for whatever Soderbergh has planned. I’m also curious to see how much the NBA participated in this, especially since the plot seems about trying to weaken the power of the NBA.
Check out the High Flying Bird trailer below. The film hits Netflix on February 8th and also stars Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, and Bill Duke.
Here’s the official synopsis for High Flying Bird:
In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players. His career is on the line, but Ray is playing for higher stakes. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power-players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game – and who ought to. Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) from a script by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), HIGH FLYING BIRD features an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke, plus appearances from NBA athletes Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Donovan Mitchell.