The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar


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A movie adaptation of the story of Henry Sugar & other dark tales from Roald Dahl's bittersweet anthology

This Wes Anderson anthology sheds a light on the life of Henry Sugar, a man who uses his strange ability to look without seeing to win at gambling, and builds an easy fortune for himself. The story explores his disillusionment with money, and his unique journey as he works towards building a series of orphanages around the world.  In addition to the interesting life of Henry Sugar, this anthology also includes other tales from Roald Dahl's collection of short-stories from, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar & six more. 

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Wes Anderson brings Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar to film

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is a collection of short films written and directed by indie-filmmaker Wes Anderson. The anthology is based on a collection of short stories of the same name written by the famous children's writer Roald Dahl. This is the second time the director is adapting a Roald Dahl story to  film, the first being the 2009 film Fantastic Mr Fox.

The short-film marks Wes Anderson's first collaboration with the streaming giant Netflix, and is set to have a runtime of 37 minutes. Wes Anderson has assembled an interesting cast to bring this story to life with Benedict Cumberbatch aka Sherlock Homes from the popular TV series Sherlock as the wonderful Henry Sugar, Ralph Fiennes from The Grand Budapest Hotel as Roald Dahl, and Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire and The Personal History of David Copperfield playing an undisclosed role. The extended cast includes Ben Kingsley, Rupert Friend, and Richard Ayoade. 

Production News

  • 22 September, 2021
    • Netflix acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company and announced that several adaptations are in the works. (Source: Financial Times)
  • 7 January, 2022
    • Wes Anderson signed on to direct an adaptation of the short story The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. Benedict Cumberbatch joined the cast to play the titular role of Henry Sugar, along with Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, and Ben Kinglsey. (Source: Collider)
  • 12 January, 2022
    • Rupert Friend and Richard Ayoade were added to the cast to play mystery roles. (Source: Deadline)
  • 28 June, 2023
    • It was shared that the movie will be a collection of short films that would run for 37 minutes. (Source: The Playlist)
  • 5 July, 2023
    • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is added to the line up of the 80th Venice International Film Festival. (Source: La Biennale di Venezia)
  • 27 September, 2023
    • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar released on Netflix. (Source: Netflix)

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Drama, Comedy, Action & Adventure, Fantasy



Production country

United States, United Kingdom


Wes Anderson


Ralph Fiennes
Roald Dahl / Policeman
Benedict Cumberbatch
Henry Sugar / Max Engelman
Dev Patel
Dr. Z.Z. Chatterjee / John Winston
Ben Kingsley
Imdad Khan / Croupier
Richard Ayoade
Dr. Marshall / Great Yogi
Jarvis Cocker
Canasta Player / Manor Guest / Friend of Henry Sugar
David Gant
Casino Croupier
Martin Foreman
Casino Guest
Christopher J. Long
Casino Guest
Rupinder Kaur
Circus Audience
Mita Chowdhury
Dr. Mitra