Benedict Cumberbatch has been tapped to star in Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar.

Henry Sugar

According to reports, the Doctor Strange star will play the titular character Henry Sugar in the movie, which is based on Dahl’s 1977 short story.

The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar is about a gambler who studies a meditation method to gain the ability to see through cards. He goes on to open a string of orphanages with his winnings.

The project marks the second time Anderson has made an adaptation of a Dahl story following on from his 2009 stop-motion version of Fantastic Mr Fox, which featured the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Jason Schwartzman.

Henry Sugar

The production is being backed by Netflix, which acquired the rights to Dahl’s full catalogue last year. The streaming service’s other upcoming Dahl movies include an adaptation of Matilda The Musical starring Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchball.

The upcoming musical Wonka, a prequel to Charlie And The Chocolate Factory starring Timothee Chalamet, predates the Netflix deal.

Cumberbatch is currently getting award buzz for his portrayal of Phil Burbank in Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog and is currently starring opposite Tom Holland in Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Henry Sugar

The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar is set to start filming in London very soon.

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