Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh and the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Moonlight (2016) Tarell Alvin McCraney join forces on the new basketball drama High Flying Bird for Netflix.
André Holland stars as an ambitious sports agent who with a superstar rookie player on hand, tries to pull a sneaky power play on the NBA while the league is in a lockout.
The film’s trailer doesn’t get too deep into the plot, leaving viewers either intrigued to see more or potentially put off by not knowing what to expect, even after seeing the trailer.
It’s hard to gauge whether the film will have any dramatic pull based on the trailer, however, it’s in remarkable hands, so it should warrant a viewing for fans of the director.
Soderbergh won an Oscar for his drama Traffic back in 2000 and also directed the popular Ocean’s Eleven (2001) remake.
More recently, he directed the psychological thriller Unsane (2018), a film shot entirely on an iPhone and a thrilling, unsettling one at that.
Once again, Soderbergh has returned to using an iPhone exclusively for this film, which is something we may see more of from feature films in the future (from this director, at least).
High Flying Bird is unlike your typical uplifting sports drama, choosing to focus on the ruthless business dealings of the industry instead of the usual sports team/player underdog story.
Joining Holland in supporting roles are Zazie Beetz, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, Bill Duke and Caleb McLaughlin.
See it exclusively on Netflix when it drops on 8 February 2019.