Netflix has just unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming original film, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, which is written, directed, and produced by the acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson. Based on Roald Dahl’s 1977 story collection of the same name, this short film marks another collaboration between Anderson and Dahl’s literary works.
The star-studded cast features Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role of Henry Sugar, a wealthy man who stumbles upon a book recounting the extraordinary tale of a guru with the ability to see without using his eyes. Intrigued by this mystifying narrative, Sugar embarks on a journey to master the guru’s skill through intensive meditation, with the ultimate goal of gaining an edge in the world of gambling.
Ralph Fiennes portrays Roald Dahl himself in the film, while Dev Patel takes on the character of Dr. Chatterjee. Joining this ensemble cast are esteemed actors Ben Kingsley, Rupert Friend, and Richard Ayoade.
The trailer commences by delving into the captivating story of the enigmatic guru before transitioning to a scene where Sugar holds the life-altering book in his hands. With a hint of excitement in his voice, Sugar exclaims, “This is a terrific piece of information. This could change my life.”
Eager to put his newfound skill to the test, Sugar heads to a casino, where he quickly learns that amassing wealth doesn’t bring the satisfaction he expected. In a poignant moment, Sugar stands on his balcony, casting handfuls of dollar bills into the wind, reflecting a deeper sense of longing and disillusionment.
Earlier this month, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar had its world premiere at the prestigious 80th Venice International Film Festival, generating buzz and anticipation among cinephiles. The film is scheduled to hit theatres on September 20, promising an enchanting cinematic experience. Subsequently, it will be available for streaming on Netflix starting September 27, allowing a global audience to enjoy Anderson’s unique storytelling and Dahl’s timeless narrative.