The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
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Cast & Crew.
Henry Sugar / Max Engelman
Roald Dahl / Policeman
Dr. Chatterjee / John Winston
Imdad Khan / Croupier
Dr. Marshall / Yogi
Canasta Player/Manor Guest/Friend of Henry/Casino Entrance Man
Canasta Player/Manor Guest/Friend of Henry/Casino Guest/Nurse
Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (or simply The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar) is a 2023 American fantasy short film written, co-produced and directed by Wes Anderson, based on the 1977 short story of the same name by Roald Dahl. It is the second film adaptation of a Dahl work directed by Anderson, following Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character alongside Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, Ben Kingsley, and Richard Ayoade. The story sees a rich man learning about a guru who can see without using his eyes, then sets out to master the skill in order to cheat at gambling.
The film is the first of a four-part series of shorts adapted from Dahl's short stories, including "The Swan", "The Ratcatcher" and "Poison". Development on the project began in January 2022, with most of the cast signed on. Principal photography took place in London that month. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar was originally reported to be a feature film until Anderson clarified in June 2023 that it would be one of a collection of short films.
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2023, and received a limited theatrical release on September 20, 2023, followed by being released on Netflix on September 27, 2023. It received critical acclaim.