‘High Flying Bird’: Netflix Movie Release Date, Plot, Cast & Trailer

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We’re still only in January, and Netflix has already started the year with a bang. With some excellent Netflix Originals being released with even more on the way, you’ll be spoilt for choice. One film we are excited about is Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, High Flying Bird. So here’s everything you need to know about High Flying Bird, including the plot, cast, trailer, and release date!

High Flying Bird is an upcoming Netflix Original sports drama directed by Steven Soderbergh. If that name sounds familiar, then you are correct, as Soderbergh was the director of the Ocean’s Trilogy and Magic Mike. High Flying Bird is the 12th film Soderbergh has directed, to which, across his career, his films have grossed over $2 Billion at the box office. Considering the way his latest film has been shot may not have performed well at the box office so Netflix acquired the rights to stream the film worldwide.

What is the plot of High Flying Bird?

During an NBA Lockdown, a high-profile Sports Agent looks to change the industry after he pitches a controversial opportunity to a Rookie Basketball client.

Who is in the cast of High Flying Bird?

Role Actor/Actress Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?
TBA Zazie Beetz Atlanta, Deadpool 2, Geostorm
TBA Zachary Quinto Star Trek, Margin Call, Aardvark
Dean Andre Holland Moonlight, Selma, 42
TBA Kyle MacLachlan Twin Peaks, Dune, Inside Out
Spencer Bill Duke Predator, Commando, X-Men: The Last Stand
Darius Caleb McLaughlin Stranger Things, The New Edition Story, Forever
Rachel Michelle Ang Fear the Walking Dead, Triple 9, Grey’s Anatomy
TBA Glenn Fleshler True Detective, Billions, Boardwalk Empire
TBA Sonja Sohn Slam, The Wire, Shaft

Is it true that High Flying Bird was shot using an iPhone 7?

As crazy as it sounds, High Flying Bird was indeed shot entirely using the camera of an iPhone 7. From what we gather from on-set photos, the phone was mounted to equipment to help capture the dynamic shots needed to film.

Director Steven Soderbergh had shot his previous film Unsane using an iPhone 7. If Soderbergh intends to use an iPhone to shoot his next film we’re not sure! Either way, it must save him a lot of money on expensive camera equipment, right!?

Steven Soderbergh on the set of High Flying Bird – Copyright Netflix

So, what is an NBA Lockout?

Simply put, an NBA lockout happens when the NBA and the NBA Player Association fail to reach an agreement with each other. Once this happens, no games are played, all pay is suspended immediately, and all the players enter a temporary contract until a new agreement is reached. This also means no officials from the franchises, such as coaches, owners, and staff, are allowed to talk to their players while the lockout is in place.

To rectify the lockout, the NBA and NBA Player Association must reach an agreement where both parties are happy. A lot of issues come down to player salaries, trades, salary caps, and contracts.

Is High Flying Bird on true events?

From what we’ve analyzed, the film’s characters are purely fictional, and so are the events that take place. The Basketball footage used throughout the film looks to be real-life footage taken from the NBA and the NCAA.

Set photos of High Flying Bird

Is there a trailer for High Flying Bird?

Yes! With the release of the film only a short time away Netflix finally released a trailer for High Flying Bird.

What is the run time of High Flying Bird?

The runtime has for High Flying Bird has been listed as 90 Minutes.

When is the release date for High Flying Bird?

High Flying Bird will be available to audiences worldwide on the 8th of February. Prior to the Netflix release, the film will debut at the Slamdance Film Festival on January 27th.

Will High Flying Bird receive a sequel?

Very doubtful. This film is a one-off stand-alone film.

Are you looking forward to watching High Flying Bird? Let us know in the comments below?

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 as a fulltime writer having worked in numerous other industries until that point. Jacob covers all things Netflix whether that's TV or movies but specializes in covering new anime and K-dramas. Resides in Norwich in the United Kingdom.