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Wes Anderson Revisits Roald Dahl in ‘Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar’ Trailer

Benedict Cumberbatch goes on an adventure as the title character in the first trailer for Wes Anderson’s short film The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.

The project hits Netflix on Sept. 27 as one of four short films from the director that are based on author Roald Dahl’s work and will launch on the streaming platform throughout the final week of this month. Anderson’s other three shorts are The Swan (hitting Netflix on Sept. 28), The Ratcatcher (Sept. 29) and Poison (Sept. 30).

In The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar — which gets a limited theatrical release Sept. 20 — Cumberbatch stars as a wealthy man who attempts to learn how to see without using his eyes in order to gain an advantage in his gambling ventures. Ralph Fiennes plays Roald Dahl as part of the cast that also includes Dev Patel, Ben Kingsley, Rupert Friend and Richard Ayoade.

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Anderson helmed the film from his own script that is based on Dahl’s 1977 short story of the same name. Anderson, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson are producers on the project that premiered earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival.

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In her review of Henry Sugar for The Hollywood Reporter, critic Leslie Felperin used a culinary analogy when she wrote, “The movie’s brevity (40 minutes) might make for a more digestible snack, so even Anderson-phobes will perhaps find in The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar a perfectly well-balanced reduction. It’s got most of Anderson’s signature flavor notes but in healthy, clarified stock.”

Anderson’s new anthology of shorts follows his 2009 stop-motion feature film The Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on Dahl’s 1970 novel. Featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, The Fantastic Mr. Fox earned two Oscar nominations.

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