I don’t think retirement worked out for Steven Soderbergh. The legendary director announced his retirement just a few short years ago only to break out of his self-imposed exile with a couple of fantastic movies in Logan Lucky and Unsane. Well, Soderbergh isn’t about to slow down now as evidenced by the trailer for his latest film High Flying Bird, which will debut on Netflix on February 8, 2019.
Working with Moonlight screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney, Soderbergh will tackle the world of money and sports in a new drama headlined by André Holland. The movie is set during an NBA lockout with Holland playing agent Ray Burke. With billions in the balance and his career on the line, Burke will attempt a daring maneuver that may change sports in America forever.
As expected, Soderbergh has assembled an all-star cast in support of Holland, including Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, and Bill Duke, as well as NBA stars Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Donovan Mitchell.
This story seems right in Soderbergh’s wheelhouse, examining something so fundamentally American while illustrating the inequities inherent in the system. I can’t wait for Netflix to release High Flying Bird on February 8, 2019.
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.