Wes Anderson Directing Roald Dahl Film With Benedict Cumberbatch Starring

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Director Wes Anderson is set to make another Roald Dahl film, and this time he will be adapting The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar for Netflix.

According to Daily Mail reporter Baz Bamigboye, Anderson will direct an adaptation of the Roald Dahl short story, first published in 1977, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is about a gambler who develops the ability to see through cards, then opens a number of orphanages with his winnings.

#WesAnderson directs another @roald_dahl tale of the unexpected following his 2009 animated adaptation of Dahl’s Fantastic https://t.co/0VcurohRbS. Dir will film The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar for @NetflixFilm with #BenedictCumberbatch as Sugar.Shoots in London v soon. pic.twitter.com/WRFm7ejLpz

— Baz Bamigboye 💙 (@BazBam) January 6, 2022

Additionally, Deadline reports that the cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, and Ben Kingsley, with Cumberbatch to take the lead role as Henry Sugar. They also claim that the film may take the form of an anthology, incorporating other stories from the same 1977 collection, which includes:

  • The Boy Who Talked With Animals
  • The Hitch-Hiker
  • The Mildenhall Treasure
  • The Swan
  • Lucky Break
  • A Piece of Cake

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is to be one of Netflix’s new Roald Dahl projects after the company acquired the Roald Dahl estate in September last year. The acquisition allows Netflix to create projects based on Dahl’s work across all mainstream entertainment media.

So far, this includes The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar as well as an adaptation of the stage musical of Matilda, starring Emma Thompson. Taika Waititi will also create two new TV shows – a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory show focusing on the Oompa Loompas, as well as an animated series based on The Twits.

As well as the upcoming Netflix projects, Wonka is also in the works at Warner Bros. This young Willy Wonka film starring Timothy Chalamet predates the recent Netflix deal.

This isn’t the first time Anderson has taken on a Roald Dahl story, with the director making the animated stop-motion classic, The Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009, which starred George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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