Bill Russell: Legend: Release date, cast, synopsis, trailer & more

The upcoming film Bill Russell: Legend, on Celtics legend and NBA icon Bill Russellan features an in-depth documentary on Russell’s life and legacy

Release date

The two-part film will be available on Netflix on February 8.

Cast and creators

  • Barack Obama
  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Kenny Smith
  • Larry Bird
  • Magic Johnson
  • Julius Erving
  • Jalen Rose
  • Bill Russell
  • Seth Curry

Director: Sam Pollard

Official synopsis

“On the court, Bill Russell was a force to be reckoned with – a champion who sacrificed himself for his teammates and love of basketball. Off the court, Bill Russell was a force in the fight for human rights – marching with the great Martin Luther King Jr., pioneering NBA boycotts and fighting against racism. BILL RUSSELL: LEGEND tells the remarkable life and legacy of an NBA superstar and civil rights icon.”

Other details

On the court, Russell went on to lead each and every one of his basketball teams to championships — two back-to-back NCAA titles, a gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, and 11 championship titles in his thirteen-year career as a Boston Celtic (his last two as the first Black head coach in NBA history).


Personal archives from NBA legend Bill Russell’s life and career are included. The clip includes recorded interviews with Russel over his whole life. There are also interviews with his family and friends, as well as new and old NBA stars.

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