Netflix drafts basketball drama ‘High Flying Bird’

US director Steven Soderbergh, seen here at the Berlinale film festival in Berlin on February 21, 2018. (AFP pic)

LOS ANGELES: The next project from Tarell Alvin McCraney, one of the writers behind “Moonlight,” pulls Andre Holland of “American Horror Story” and Zazie Beetz of “Deadpool 2” into a high-risk sports drama set during an industrial dispute.

While pro basketball players are kicking their heels, one sports agent comes up with a new plan that could prove a brilliant money-making opportunity or a tragic downfall.

Holland was one of the supporting actors on “Moonlight” and a lead in historical hospital drama “The Knick,” the latter of which was directed by Steven Soderbergh – who now helms “High Flying Bird.”

Soderbergh’s films have ranged from mainstream comedies like “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Magic Mike” to critically acclaimed work such as “Traffic” and “Erin Brockovich.”

“High Flying Bird” also leans on the acting talents of Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn and Bill Duke. Having filmed on location in New York in February and March of 2018, it is expected to make its debut in 2019 following the Netflix deal.