The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar release date, cast, synopsis and more

Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (L-R) Dev Patel as Dr. Chatterjee, Sir Ben Kingsley as Imdad Khan and Richard Ayoade as Dr. Marshall in Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. Cr. Netflix ©2023
Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (L-R) Dev Patel as Dr. Chatterjee, Sir Ben Kingsley as Imdad Khan and Richard Ayoade as Dr. Marshall in Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. Cr. Netflix ©2023 /
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Think Wes Anderson was too good for Netflix? Think again! The prolific director brings his next movie to the streaming service, and it’s sure to be one of the best movies of fall 2023. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar finally arrives on Netflix in September.

The story of the short film is based on the short story of the same name by Roald Dahl and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, and more familiar faces in its cast.

We shared everything we know about The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar below.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar release date

Netflix officially announced that Wes Anderson’s movie The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar would be released on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The short film makes its world premiere on Sept. 1 at the Venice International Film Festival ahead of its worldwide Netflix drop.

Production on The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar began in London back in January 2022 after Netflix nabbed the rights to Dahl’s story in September 2021 for over $600 million. We were hoping to have seen the film premiere sooner than fall 2023, but the release date makes sense given the optimal timeframe for awards competition.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar cast

Check out the full cast of the film below:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Henry Sugar
  • Ralph Fiennes as Roald Dahl
  • Dev Patel as Dr. Chatterjee
  • Ben Kingsley as Imdad Khan
  • Rupert Friend
  • Richard Ayoade as Dr. Marshall

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar synopsis

I don’t know, but it sure sounds like this movie is about Henry Sugar, his story, and it’s wonderful. No, it’s actually a three-sided story of Henry Sugar, Dr. Cartwright, and Imhrat Khan, a.k.a. The Man Who Could See Without Eyes. If you’d like to know more, I recommend you read the short story. Anderson’s movie will be very different, but it should be very interesting.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film via Netflix:

"A beloved Roald Dahl story about a rich man who learns about a guru who can see without using his eyes and then sets out to master the skill in order to cheat at gambling."

How long is The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar?

According to its landing page on Netflix, The Wonderful Story of Henry has a runtime of 39 minutes. Anderson has spoken about the film being an adaptation of Dahl’s collection of short stories rather than a full, feature-length movie.

Is there a trailer for The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar?

As of the film’s release date announcement in August 2023, Netflix has not released a teaser or trailer for the forthcoming short film. However, if the streamer drops any clips from the short film, we will share them here ahead of the movie’s release in September.

Stay tuned for more movie news and updates from Netflix Life!

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FanSided Entertainment staff contributed to this report.