Dev Patel, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley join Benedict Cumberbatch in the cast of Wes Anderson’s latest film.

Wes Anderson is amassing some big names for his Roald Dahl adaptation, The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar And Six More. Late last week we reported that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing the titular character, and now he is joined by Dev Patel, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes.

Deadline reports that the film will not just cover the story of Henry Sugar, but will tell multiple short stories from Roald Dahl’s book. It’s not yet know which stories will be adapted, but there is speculation that Anderson will bring three of the seven tales to life.

What is known for certain is that The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar And Six More will be starting production in London this week. Cumberbatch is playing the title role of Henry Sugar, and according to Variety will also play other roles throughout that will link the short stories together. The roles of Patel, Fiennes, and Kingsley are unclear at the moment.

The story of Henry Sugar is about a man who enjoys gambling. He comes across a book that teaches him how to use meditation to ‘see without using his eyes’. His newfound abilities mean that he can see through cards at the other end of the table, and predict the future.

Anderson is well known for his work with ensemble casts, and looking at the talent lined up for Henry Sugar it seems he’s done it again. All of these actors have played memorable roles. Ralph Fiennes has worked with Anderson before on the acclaimed The Grand Budapest Hotel, and is currently on UK cinema screens in Kingsman prequel The King’s Man. 

Patel and Kingsley have also both had memorable 2021 performances. Patel held our attention as Gawain in David Lowery’s take on Arthurian legend The Green Knight. On a less serious note, Ben Kingsley brought us some laughter as he reprised his role as Trevor Slattery (The fake Mandarin) in Marvel’s Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings. 

With The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar set to enter production this week, we’ll bring you more news as we hear it.

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